The government is providing an extra £150 million of annual funding for the academic years of 2013 to 2014, and 2014 to 2015. The aim of this funding is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools, and is provided jointly by various governmental departments, including Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport. Although the funding will be allocated to primary school head teachers, it will be ‘ring fenced’ – this means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport in schools. You can read more about this under ‘Accountability’ below.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, though how they do this remains their decision.
This is how St Thomas’ plans to use the funding:
From September 2013, schools will be held to account for how they spend their additional ‘ring-fenced’ funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors’ handbook' and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact.
Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.
St Thomas’ School is already fortunate enough to have PE specialists, who takes each class for at least an hour a week. Using the Sports Grant we will continue to work alongside Academy of Sports, these coaches will work alongside teachers to help them develop professionally and provide improved PE at St Thomas’. This will have a lasting impact on the quality of Physical Education children receive, not just in classes taken by our existing PE specialist, but via the work done by teachers throughout the whole school.
St Thomas’ focuses on one area of sport per half term from years 1 – 6 (covering basic skills in the EYFS). There is an emphasis on fair play, sporting behaviours and coaching techniques. The pupils get to experience a range of games and skills during each half term covering sports such as net ball, hockey, athletics, tag rugby, dodgeball, tennis, football, basketball, gymnastics and dance. We’re excited to improve our existing offer to get more children involved in traditional sports, as well as to introduce them to new ones they may never have had the opportunity to try.
During the last week of each term, an Intra-School Competition will be held, so pupils can develop their skills in a healthy, competitive sporting environment.