How it is spent and how it impacts on the pupils.
The Government has provided additional funding for PE and has committed to continue this funding. This is intended to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. The Funding, provided jointly by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport has been allocated to primary school Head Teachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
- In 2013 - 2014 we received £8,180.00
- In 2014 - 2015 we received £8,000.00
- In 2015 - 2016 we received £8,000.00
- In 2016 - 2017 we received £8,170.00
- In 2017 - 2018 we will recieve £8,170.00
At our school when deciding on how to invest this primary school sport funding two important areas have been considered:
a) The impact that a high quality PE and school sport experience can make on young peoples physical, social and cognitive development, their well- being and level of achievement.
b) The different experiences and provision which make up sport at St Michael’s CE School.
Specialist sports coaches are an asset to any school and with this in mind we have made a commitment to using our money to buy into the Allerdale School Sports Partnership to access Community Sports Coaching Initiatives such as, cricket, multi skills and rugby.
We have also been able to allocate one experienced teacher within school to specialise in delivering PE to both KS1 and KS2. The training and development this teacher has received represents an investment in the PE curriculum which will last beyond the PE grant, should this cease in the future.
The funding has also allowed us to extend the number of inter-school competitions we participate in. Funds are spent on completion entries, transport and extra supervision. In the past these costs often prevented us competing. We currently have a contract with Beacon Hill School which enables us to compete against all our local small schools in a variety of sports.
The extra funding has formed part of the cost of taking children swimming to Wigton. Although parents are very generous and contribute a voluntary donation to the cost of transport, this does not cover the cost of pool hire and tuition, so the grant is an extremely welcome top-up for this essential part of the curriculum.
Finally, a small part of the grant funds the coordination of outdoor activities for the KS2 children. We work with other small schools to provide unique residential opportunities every year. This year we have had an overnight visit to Ennerdale, and an overnight stay in a remote youth hostel at the back of Skiddaw. All these activities have immense value in terms of personal and social impact.
In terms of impact, we see that all of our children have a very positve attitude towards PE and competition. They are generally very keen to take part in all physical activties and are always particularly enthusiastic when involved in inter-school competition. Participation in extra curricular events, including more adventurous outdoor activties and overnight stays, is always close to 100%.