Sports Premium

The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools.

This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils will receive the funding.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils’ progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. We hope that this ensures that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at St. Michael's.

Our Allocation and Spending

Academic Year Approximate Income
2016/17 £8,403
2015/16 £8,447
2014/15 £8,219

We believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils.

Our rationale for the use of Sports Premium funding are that it must be used so that:

  • all children benefit regardless of sporting ability;
  • children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools;
  • staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development;
  • some activities may be subsidised so that pupils do not miss out due to financial constraints, eg. swimming;
  • we make use of collaborative and partnership working.

With the above rationale in mind, and following the guidelines for how to spend this money, our spending of the Sports Premium funding includes:

  • Investment in the professional development of staff at our school so they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come. To this end we have organised Gymnastics input from a Secondary Sports specialist.
  • Setting up and running new after school sports clubs including Cricket and Tri Golf. These are led by Sports specialists.
  • Increasing the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate - running sport competitions, and increasing pupils' participation in inter school competitions with other local schools, such as Athletics festivals and sports fixtures.
  • Making links to other community sports providers – encouraging pupils to join out of school sports clubs. This has included Golf and Cricket in particular.
  • Encouraging our children to improve their leadership skills and self-esteem through sport.
  • Inviting, eg. athletes, dance specialists and gymnasts into the school to inspire our children.
  • Purchasing equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities as relevant.

Impact

Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. In terms of progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school, we can see that far more children are taking part in sporting events and clubs. We also know that the work with cricket in particular has benefitted the children’s self-belief. Assessments are made both formally and informally as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school.

The professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE have been successful, as staff report that they are much more confident in using the wall apparatus and these are being incorporated fully in the curriculum.