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 (handball, circuit training and field athletics). These sessions proved very successful with more children active at lunchtime. 48% 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 30% 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 sessions at the school. Following requests from children in Upper Key Stage 2, there was also a martial arts club run after school by a trained instructor.
Some money was used last year for the school to take part in the Premier League Primary Stars Programme. The children learnt new football skills with a qualified coach from the Leeds United Foundation before writing about what they had learnt back in the classroom. The children developed their writing skills to produce a match report following a visit to Elland Road to watch a Championship game. One child had his report published in the official match day programme. The display in the school entrance shows the impact of the Premier League Primary Stars Programme.
Following previous 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. 55% 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.
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.”
Coen (Year 4) said, “It was amazing to have the chance to watch an actual game at Leeds United as I have never been before. There were so many people watching and the crowd was so loud at least until Reading scored.”
Bailey and Charlie (Year 5) said, “It is good to get the chance to play a new sport. 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 professional 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.”
92% of the current Year 6 cohort swims competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
44% of the current Year 6 cohort uses a range of strokes effectively (for example front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke).
44% of the current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. West End Academy hasn’t used it in this way.
This financial year, West End Academy has received £17,700. Click here to see our intentions of how we are going to spend the money along with our proposed outcomes.