PE & Sports Premium
West End Academy recognises that all pupils, regardless of their background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The sports funding premium is a government initiative that targets extra money to all pupils and all schools. The government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their active participation in sports. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
During the last financial year, West End Academy spent the majority of the money it received on developing the role of the sports leader. The sports leader was responsible in setting up activities at lunchtime which encouraged children to take part in different sports. These sessions proved very successful with more children active at lunchtime. 55% of our children regularly took part in activities that were set up by the sports leader each week. This figure has continued to rise year-on-year from 35% in July 2015.
The sports money was also used to bring professional sports coaches to school to enhance the PE curriculum. Last year, coaches from Castleford Tigers delivered rugby league and cheerleading sessions at the school. A specialist gymnastics coach also delivered lessons in Year 6 in the summer term as we prepared our children for the transition to high school in this area of PE.
Following training from sports coaches and investment in PE equipment, there has been an improvement in the quality of PE lessons. More lessons are now graded good or outstanding than before.
The amount of children who took part in after school clubs across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 increased last year. 45% of children took part in an enrichment activity last year compared to 41% the previous year. These clubs were often set up to deliver high quality training in preparation for local sports competitions.
Last year, our school competed in lots of different tournaments and had success at cross-country, football, multi-sports and hockey. In March 2017, following success at a local tournament, the Year 6 hockey team were chosen to represent Wakefield at the West Yorkshire Games.
Here are some quotes to support the work that we have completed this year:
Leighton (Year 6) “I really enjoyed competing against other hockey teams at a higher level and seeing if we can continue to work well as a team to succeed”
Aimon and Jessica (Year 6) said, “The new gymnastics instructor really challenges us and makes it hard. We have learnt new stretches which we can use in other PE lessons too.”
Jess and Aiden (Year 5) said, “We have been learning how to tackle by tagging people and I am getting much better at this since we started. I have enjoyed working with a rugby coach. We even played a mini game to show the new skills that we have learnt.”
The latest OFSTED report (May 2015) stated, “Leaders’ use of the allocated primary school sports funding has greatly improved the physical education curriculum and increased opportunities for sport and pupils’ well-being. Pupils are more competitive and successful in cross-country running and multi-sports tournaments, for example. The quality of teaching in lessons is enhanced as a result of teachers working with specialist coaches.”
This financial year, West End Academy has received £8,855. Listed below are our intentions of how we are going to spend the money along with our proposed outcomes.
£3500 – Continue to develop the sports leader role. The sports leader will be responsible for promoting new sporting activities at lunchtime and encouraging children to participate in more sporting activities than they would have done previously.
The sports leader will also train the older children in school so that they can become young sports leaders. They will then be able to organise and run sporting sessions and activities at lunchtimes, developing their own leadership skills.
The sports leader will also ensure the school has an increased participation in inter school competitions, being a link to the local High School, and giving our children an opportunity to use the skills they have learnt in the curriculum and at clubs.
£2000 – A sports coach to teach outdoor PE lessons in Year 2 each week so pupils receive high quality provision.
£1000 – Continue to hold after-school coaching sessions which maintain engagement in a variety of sports. We want our children to be able to try out new activities and sports that they won’t necessarily have done before, stay fit and healthy, and have fun. There will also be further opportunities for children to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. This will develop the children’s ability to be more resilient learners both inside and outside the classroom.
£1000 – Continue to purchase any necessary PE equipment/resources to teach the new curriculum. This will continue to improve the quality of PE lessons.
£1000 – Give our children the opportunity to watch live sports that they wouldn’t normally have the chance to see. This will increase their interest in different sports and give them the aspirations to have a career in sport when they are older.
£355 – Transport for local competitions and tournaments. This will ensure more children will go to competitions next year.
Our use of this funding will be monitored throughout the year to ensure maximum impact and enable our pupils to receive high quality PE. Impact will be measured against the proposed outcomes, the increased percentage of pupils receiving high quality provision and the increased number of pupils taking part in a range of enrichment activities.