At The Bewbush Academy we understand the importance of PE and Sport on the health and well-being of all children. As of this year the government have provided schools with additional funding for PE and Sport, giving schools the autonomy to spend the money in the most appropriate ways to ensure the greatest impact. With this funding we hope to provide a sustainable PE provision that has a long lasting effect.
What is the PE and Sport Funding?
The government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. They will allocate this extra funding directly to primary schools. The dedicated primary PE and Sport Premium, which was announced in March 2013 and began the following September, goes directly to primary school head teachers so that they can decide how best to use it to provide sporting activities for pupils. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils this year received £9,250. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-for-primary-school-sports
How we invest our Sports Funding
This year our sports funding has allowed us to continue to raise the profile of PE and Sport around the school. So far it has been used to help our children take part in sporting outside of lessons, which has resulted in an uptake of 150+ children in afterschool clubs and competitions through the last 4 terms. We have worked alongside local sporting clubs to run afterschool activities for the children such as Crawley Town Football Club and Crawley Cagers Basketball Club. During this year we have continued to boost our club and competition attendance, whilst developing more targeted clubs and activities for groups of children. Alongside this, a Sports Crew has been trained and set up, to run lunchtime sporting activities and competitions in order for all children to access a wider variety and range of physical activities.
We have aimed to improve our staffs understanding and knowledge of new curriculum areas, supported by an increased range of equipment. With this, a new curriculum map has been developed, along with new planning formats, assessment and teaching aids to enable teachers to deliver confident and knowledgeable lessons allowing progression for all children. As well as providing afterschool sessions, we have been working alongside local sports clubs, for example Sussex County Cricket, who have been team teaching alongside members of staff to develop their own subject knowledge and confidence. Staff have commented on the success of these, both in allowing the children to receive more skill focussed teaching and developing their own confidence.
During curriculum time we have also been striving for children to experience a wider range of sporting areas in order to experience something new and different. Therefore we have had a range of local sports clubs come into year groups like TRI Golf and Tag Rugby to allow a broader coverage of sports and skills.
We aim to continue raising the profile of sport and PE around the school as well as the continual development of staff.