PE & Sports Funding 

At Kingsley Primary Academy, the children’s physical development, embedded healthy lifestyles and ability to reach high standards in physical education are of significant importance to all members of the school community. Alongside expert teaching from our qualified coaching staff, all teachers are equipped with strong subject knowledge and work within a robust school curriculum to ensure our children receive a rich and purposeful variety of sporting experiences both in PE lessons and through extra-curricular opportunities. Since the introduction of the Sport Premium five years ago, our school has endeavoured to enrich our PE curriculum further in a sustainable way and to increase sports participation for all our children.

 What is the Sport Premium Funding?

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools. In February 2014 the government committed to continue the funding until 2020.

How is the Sport Premium Funding allocated?

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding.

In most cases, the DfE determine how many pupils in a school attract the funding using data from the January 2017 school census.

 The amount released to our school for 2017/18 totalled £11 950

 How should the Sport Premium Funding be spent?

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that schools should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that they already offer
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

How does Kingsley spend the Sport Premium Funding?

Following a revamp of our school’s curriculum when the school converted to an academy, it was recognised that some areas of the PE curriculum were receiving more attention than others and so, in order to bring Kingsley in line with the outstanding PE teaching happening at other academies in the Trust, a teacher was appointed as curriculum team leader for the subject and a new scheme of work was purchased to support a new whole school overview. The newly-appointed leader, along with the coaching staff, met regularly with their counterpart at Avenue Primary Academy to develop this new overview and devising how this would be rolled out across the school in a way in which it would have maximum impact. In order to meet the demands of the new scheme, our stock of equipment has needed replenishing and some items being bought in for the first time. We have also continued to provide swimming lessons to our year 6 pupils at Trinity School.

Our two sports days held annually at Croydon Arena have become something of a highlight of the Kingsley Primary Academy calendar. These Olympic-inspired days give over 500 children the opportunity to participate in a competitive event which consolidates their learning whilst also fostering bonds between the children and enhancing our links with the local community. As well as this, the upper KS2 children represent the academy in an array of sports teams in various competitions, with basketball being a particular strength.

Carrying on our aim to extend the children’s competitive opportunities, our teachers, coaches and external organisations have been able to develop our sports club offer by establishing successful teams, hiring transport and paying for the children to compete in the Croydon School’s Games programme.

Actual spend for 2016/17:

TLR for new curriculum leader    £2667

New PE scheme of work               £1041

Year 6 Swimming                           £3168

Hiring Croydon Arena                   £600

Travel to competitive events        £1000

External clubs                                 £1500

Equipment                                      £1000

Professional Development          £1000

What impact has the Sport Premium Funding had on P.E and school sport so far?

The impact of the funding has been the increased participation in a wider variety of Sports by our children, especially competitive experiences. This has increased year on year. Sporting opportunities experienced by our children have included football, basketball, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics. Our children are also keen to participate in the Croydon Dance Association’s Concert.

Attitudes towards physical activity, the children’s obvious enjoyment and healthy life choices have improved as evidence by the uptake for clubs, the number of children ‘trying out’ for the competitive teams and their applied knowledge and interest when participating in lessons taught from the new scheme of work.

We are well on our to achieving our aim of ensuring Kingsley uses the government funding to create a sustainable curriculum with high quality teaching for all pupils. This year we have developed our use of a new scheme of work, whole school overview and appointment of a curriculum leader to enable staff to deliver progressive skills-based sessions and enable the children to strive for sporting success. We will look to the curriculum leader and the sports coaches in the coming year to support staff further in the teaching of more technically challenging aspects e.g. Dance and gymnastics.

By embedding the new curriculum and raising the profile of the subject, we have already done much to promote active lifestyles and physical activity whilst promoting greater participation, with an offer of a variety of after school sports clubs and competitive opportunities. We have extended this further by offering alternative after school clubs with the support of a company called Game Changerz and our continued links with Dancemode, which run for a nominal fee.

What next?

We will continue to draw on our links with other schools in the trust in order to provide our children with experiences beyond our school boundaries so that they can compete against other schools and aim to represent their borough in national events.

We intend to track participation more closely in future and look to expand the children’s experiences as much as possible. This will be done through the creation of electronic systems (SIMS) which will also enable us to connect to the school’s assessment processes and consider attainment and progress linked to PE and sports.

Pupil, Parent and Staff voice will be invaluable in the development of P.E. for next year and beyond. We will be undertaking questionnaires and interviews to gauge opinion and consider future steps. With regards to the new scheme of work, we will review how effective its first year has been and what we need to adapt for the following year but the initial responses from staff and children alike have been overwhelmingly positive. Parent voice is always welcome and has played a part already in decisions about our after school club offer.

There is also the intention to repeat our previous fundraising successes (eg Sports Relief) by inviting in Team Great Britain athletes to carry out sponsored events. With 2018 being a world cup year, football is also certain to be a talking point so it is our intention to invest time and resources into our year 5 and 6 teams to ensure they can match the successes of their basketball counterparts. Raising the profile of women in sport rounds off our aims for the 2017-18 academic year.

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