PE and Sports Funding
Sports Premium Funding
What is the Sports Premium?
The government provides primary school sport funding to improve the quality of sport and PE. Whitchurch Church of England Primary will receive £15,575 in 2017/2018.
Purpose of the funding
Schools must spend the sports funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how they do this.
The aim of our expenditure in this area is to raise the profile of PE and increase the school’s participation at local competitions. In Year R, the children all experienced a fun day of sporting activities run by a local company – Sports Xtra. Our Primary Sports Premium funding enables us to continue and extend our after school club provision, to offer a Multi Skills Club, also run by Sports Xtra. Children across Key Stage 2 have again benefitted from our community links with Mr Roger Filby from Overton Rugby Club who has run a series of coaching sessions for each class. We have continued to update and increase our PE resources, including a recent investment in new football and netball goals and other equipment.
The funding enables us to provide staff with professional development and training. Our PE manager has attended the annual Hampshire PE conference and is now working on ensuring an improved progression of skills and assessment taught across the school, so that when children reach Year 6, they are able to engage in Sport Education where they run their own group sessions, umpiring and scoring as well playing. We will use the funding to provide training for two of our teachers to enable them to teach swimming lessons. This will then allow us to teach additional swimming lessons to ensure all children reach the required standard by Year 6.
We have again this year been able to increase our participation in local sporting competitions with teams attending events such as indoor athletics, new age curling, cross-country running, rounders, rugby, girl’s football and boys football – attending events in both Andover and Basingstoke. The funding helps us to cover transport costs (which is invaluable due to our rural location), allows teachers to be released to attend the events and covers costs for the entry into each event. We aim to continue increasing our participation in local sporting events over the coming year by attending events such as netball, athletics and cricket in addition to the ones we have participated in this year.