What is the Sports Premium?
This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and Physical Education for all their children.
In 2017-2018 the amount of money each school will receive has been doubled £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability.
Purpose of the funding
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that you should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example, you can use your funding to:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. Here at Millbridge Junior and Infant School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of children and believe that varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
Sports Premium Funding Spending at Millbridge Junior and Infant School
At Millbridge, PE and sport are seen as playing a vitally important role in pupils’ development as rounded and physically active young people. In recent years, a substantial amount of money has been allocated towards teaching expertise and resources. Mr Wilson has been a qualified Sports coach for a number of years and works at Millbridge teaching and supporting PE every day, as well as running sports clubs after school Monday to Thursday for all year groups.
PE is taught to all children, from Foundation Stage to Year 6, enabling them to develop good basic skills at a young age, which they then build upon as they move through the school. A carefully structured and challenging programme provides progression, as pupils move through our school. Millbridge aims to provide positive experiences which will develop an enthusiasm in the children which will see them inspired and involved in sport for many years to come.
At Millbridge, we offer a wide variety of individual and team activities: traditional and sports hall athletics, basketball, bench ball, cricket, cross country, dance, football, gymnastics, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, tennis, hockey. We also appreciate the effect of physical activity on enabling children to focus and engage in their learning and as a result we have introduced the 1k club for children to complete at least 1 k per day – either before school or in the break times.
In addition, during the Year 6 residential Trip the children in Year 6 are given the opportunity to enjoy different sporting activities. These include: aero ball, abseiling, archery, climbing, high ropes courses, zip wire and many other team building challenges. This has always proved highly successful with children both developing new skills and showing a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem.
The opportunities for children to take part in a wide variety of afterschool sporting clubs had increased dramatically since 2014 and many children take advantage of this. In 2014 the number of pupils taking part in clubs was significantly low with clubs numbers not reaching 40 pupils. This year (2016) clubs continue to grow in popularity with Mr Wilson and Pro-active Sports providing a variety of sports clubs for Years 1-6 afterschool based on competition participation and student voice.
At Millbridge, the provision for sports outside of school has two main objectives. One is to provide pupils with opportunities they would not enjoy in their normal activities and the other is to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to enjoy the thrill and excitement of competition, as well as the pride of representing their school. From 2017 we are committed to enter teams into as many competitions as possible. In order to make this sustainable, the competitions we enter will be varied so different groups of children are able to participate and represent the school if they wish. The sustainability means that after school and lunchtime clubs which are run with PE and Sport Premium funding are open to a range of year groups, so that children can enhance and improve their skills over time and not just for a specific event.
Millbridge is developing links with local sports associations for the benefit of the children and this has resulted in coaches coming into school to run sessions in a variety of sports. This has provided pathways for children to join clubs outside school to further their enjoyment and participation.