The Government is providing funding to schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
School has to spend the sport funding on improving its provision of PE and sport, but we have the freedom to choose how we do this. Possible uses for the funding include: hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches, paying for professional development opportunities for sport, running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games, purchasing sports resources and equipment, providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs.
At St Mary’s we feel it is important to encourage pupils to lead healthy and active life styles. We have therefore decided to spend this years funding on directly increasing participation in sport and extending sporting opportunities. The funding will be spent on:
Ensuring the sustainability of whole school swimming lessons.
Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE.
Providing places for all pupils at after school sport clubs many led by qualified coaches/external providers.
Providing opportunities for children to compete (i.e. in tournaments and fixtures between the local primary schools).
Continued professional development (CPD) and curriculum delivery support.
The purchase of sporting equipment and resources.
St Mary’s will be monitoring both the physical development and engagement levels of pupils through observation and assessment.
The school will be offering a variety of after school sports clubs and will be closely monitoring the attendance to ensure maximum take up.
St Mary’s will maximise opportunities for both in school and out of school sporting competitions.
Mary Morris – September 2016