In continuation of the previous Olympic Legacy funding, previously provided for three academic years from 2013-2016, the Government has allocated extra funding to schools in the form of the Primary PE and Sports Premium Grant. This grant is designed to build upon the work started during the London 2012 Olympics in promoting sporting participation to primary school children. This has also been subsidised as a result of the recent ‘sugar tax’, which has provided further funding for school sport.
This money is designed to be used to improve the delivery and quality of physical education provision within primary schools and to increase children’s participation in sporting events, coming with certain guidelines. However each school has been given responsibility for deciding how the grant is specifically spent, in order to address their specific needs.
The PE and sport premium funding cannot be used to fund curriculum requirements, including the requirement for all children to leave primary school being able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. Currently, out of a cohort of 47 children, 42 are confidently meeting this requirement. Some of the funding for the 2018/2019 academic year will be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to those children not yet reaching this requirement or those in need of additional swimming practise to boost their confidence.
The amount of grant received is calculated based upon the number of pupils in Years 1-6 and those aged 5 in the Foundation Stage at the time of the January 2019 census. Due to the size of Melbourn Primary School, we are therefore entitled to receive £18920 for the academic year 2018/2019.
At Melbourn Primary School, we are keen to use this funding to increase our participation in sporting competitions. We have subscribed to the core package with the South Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership (SCSSP) for the academic year 2018-2019, providing us with opportunities to take part in a number of competitions across a range of sports. We have also worked alongside other local primary schools and Melbourn Village College to arrange both friendly and league-based sporting fixtures, providing opportunities for a greater range of children to represent our school as part of a sports team. As our participation in sporting events increases, some of the Sports Premium Funding is required to be used in order to assist in transporting our children to and from these competitions; thus allowing our children to participate in sporting opportunities which may not otherwise be affordable.
With part of our Sports Premium Funding, we have also sought to improve upon the delivery of our physical education provision for all children. Each child at Melbourn Primary School is entitled to 2 hours of physical education teaching a week. To ensure the quality of teaching we provide our children is of a suitably high standard, Grant Chapman, an existing TA within school, has been trained using previous funding to become a qualified Level 2 coach. He supports the delivery of PE alongside teaching staff within school to continue to improve the quality of PE sessions being delivered and the confidence of all staff to deliver high quality PE lessons across the curriculum areas. We are also evaluating the skills of our teaching staff in relation to physical education and will seek to improve upon this by sharing good practise, team teaching, and providing CPD opportunities for all staff members as appropriate. This is supported by our association with SCSSP, which provides us with access to professional development opportunities for all school staff members.
We are also keen to ensure that children at Melbourn Primary School receive a wide range of sporting opportunities both in school and as part of the after school activities which we offer. We receive Bikeability support for our Year 6 children to improve upon their cycling proficiency. We offer a wide range of sports-based after school clubs for our children which have a good uptake. In order to ensure that these clubs meet the needs and interests of our children, we engage in regular dialogue with both parents and pupils and change the range of activities we offer accordingly.
In the academic year 2018-2019, we anticipate that the funding we receive will be spent on the following key areas. We will be continuing to employ the services of Grant Chapman to work alongside teachers to improve their confidence to deliver high quality PE lessons. We will also be continuing to subscribe to SCSSP to enable us to access sporting competitions and training opportunities. As a result, some of the funding is predicted to be spent on providing teaching staff with additional training to develop their confidence and skill within a range of PE areas. We will use some of the funding to help to achieve the Active 30 target, through providing structured PE activities at lunchtimes, a range of equipment for use at break times and through providing in school and at home access to the 5 a day fitness website. Finally, we predict some of the spending will be spent on enhancing the PE equipment we have within school and providing special events and opportunities for the children to take part in a range of sporting activities.
In the academic year 2017-2018, Melbourn Primary School received £18570 from the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. Evidence of how this money was spent is listed in the table below.
In the academic year 2018-2019, Melbourn Primary School received £18920 from the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. Evidence of how this money was spent is listed in the table below.
Over the previous two academic years, we have ring-fenced some of the funding with the aim of receiving match-funding through grant applications to allow us to purchase a Multi Use Games Area to allow us to utilize our PE teaching throughout the whole year. We will be researching grants to apply for this year to allow us to hopefully achieve this aim.
As a result of the PE and Sport Premium funding in 2017-2018, Melbourn Primary School was able to employ Grant Chapman, an existing TA within school and a qualified PE coach, to work alongside teachers to improve their confidence to deliver high quality PE lessons. This had a positive impact upon the quality of sport provision which our children were provided with and was seen in their increasingly positive attitudes towards PE as evidence in pupil voice surveys pre- and post-working alongside Mr Chapman. It also had an impact upon the confidence of staff to deliver high quality PE sessions with all staff surveys showing the time spent working alongside Mr Chapman had a beneficial impact upon their ability to deliver high quality PE lessons independently.
In the year 2017-2018, Melbourn Primary School decided to focus upon developing the skills of the children within specific sports and therefore entered competitions for fewer sports than in previous years. The focus of competitions for this academic year has been football, netball, cross-country running and swimming.
As a result of all of these factors, partly made possible due to the PE and Sport Premium funding, Melbourn Primary School was able to achieve the Sainsbury’s School Games Silver mark in recognition of the PE that takes place within the school.
Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.