1. In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for Physical education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
2. Funding is allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units since 1 September 2013. A typical primary school will receive about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2014-16. This is set to continue in 2017/18, with a doubling of the amount promised to school's in 2017 plus an additional £10 per child.
3. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Funding received in 2 instalments in 22/23 was £18,310
Below is a summary of how the money was spent in the academic year 2022/23
We have a team of talented individuals who have a real passion for School Sports. These include School Sports leader and swimming instructor Miss Hawthorn, and Mrs Wilson/Mrs Kent additional Swimming coaches and Scott Stewart, Sensei who leads the majority of School Sports and Karate in School.
We have a number of initiatives in place to raise the profile of PE within school. These include:
• supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs/Activate club run by our Learning mentor
• paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
• providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
• running sport competitions, and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games in liaison with other local primary schools
• providing free places for all pupils on a wealth of after school sports clubs (greater focus in Summer Term ) and paid Karate sessions
• Offering Pupil Premium children extended opportunities to increase participation. These are also accessed by children for whom fitness / health and physical welfare may be an issue. Children are thoroughly enthusiastic about this additional provision.
• At St. Matthew’s the school’s leadership team including governors recognises that one of its key contributing tools for engaging children and raising aspirations to succeed is the importance placed on competitive sport. Through sport, the children begin to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work, and ambition: qualities that they are then able to use in their learning within the classroom.
• From an early age competitive sport is nurtured and encouraged, with staff identifying pupils with specific talents in, for example, football, and gymnastics . Skills are taught through P.E. lessons and through a wide variety of sports provision offered after school, both by teachers and also by highly skilled teaching assistants who, with their skill and enthusiasm, ensure that sport is enjoyed by all.
• Skilled HLTAs work alongside teachers in P.E. to deliver the P.E. curriculum to pupils within the school day, and work tirelessly after school to provide a wide range of sporting activities .This diet of sport builds strong relationships of trust between pupils and support staff, and impacts positively upon the engagement and trust between them in the classroom and on the playground. Support staff who work with them on the sports field, deliver booster sessions and interventions minutes later. Similarly, the discipline demanded of the children in sport impacts upon behaviour within the classroom, and the school attributes the excellent behaviour for learning within the school as a direct result of the culture of discipline, respect and dedication nurtured through sport activities.
• Partnerships are strong. With the local School Sports Partnership and also key networking with other local primary school we participate in competitions and ‘friendly’ organised activities to give our children experiences many would not have access to in their home lives. Staff willingly transport the children to and from events to enable all to participate, and the leadership of the school, recognising the importance sport on both social , emotional and physical wellbeing , releases both teachers and skilled PE TAs to enable them to access events both within the school day and after school.
• Talents and participation in such events such as inter school football competitions for years 3 / 4 and 5 / 6 , basket ball, tennis, and 'Chance to shine' cricket are celebrated within Recommendation /Achievement Assemblies .
• PE resources to utilise outdoors have been established in containers on both KS 1 and KS 2 playgrounds. These are extremely well utilised during the Summer Term when children can freely access the plentiful school grounds. In the winter we focus mostly on facilitating football , basketball and small equipment exploration as space is at a premium on the playgrounds. Our Learning mentor has trained playground buddies to facilitate play on the KS 1 playground.
• Our yearly Arthog Residential for Year 6 focuses on Team activities including Gorge walking, canoeing and rock climbing and again this weekend in May is immensely popular with clear evidence of raising expectation and personal aspiration and successes, giving them greater confidence and self belief prior to moving on to secondary school.
• School sports days involve every child from Nursery to Year 6, with Nursery / Reception experiencing a morning of physical activities based on a carousel of challenges (non competitive) and occasionally races with parents close by! Key Stage 1 and 2 enjoy competitive sports days, with again overwhelming parental support. These are photographed and photo-stories placed on our school website for all to enjoy.
• We also have Karate running all year round with our Sports and Karate Specialist Sensei . These are well attended by many enthusiastic children.
In 2017 -18 we invested in a Commando Joe box which sets each class on termly Missions following the great explorers . This focuses on Character Education, Resilience, Mental health and well being through a practical approach this has proven to be an outstanding resource and we have seen our pupils thrive through carrying out these missions. These sessions are led by Scott Stewart and again the children thrive taking on these challenges.
Telford School’s Sports Partnership contribution £1,736
• As a school we subscribe to the Telford School Sports Partnership. We are also able to have PE specialists come into school to provide staff members with PE CPD. Buying in to the Telford and Wrekin School Sports Partnership gives us access to a variety of competitions , coaching from the school sports liaison partnership, attending meetings to review provision and increase participation with other Primary Schools in the authority. Children have attended a number of sporting events and are free to enter. These are included on the school sports calendar, click the link below.
Every Summer Term our Years 4, 5 and 6 children go swimming on a weekly basis. We have this year also added an additional swimming session in during our school day for children who we feel would benefit from gaining more confidence in the water, or from extra levels of fitness. One of our teachers is a qualified swimming coach. As a result of these sessions we have seen a significant impact in the ability and confidence of the targeted group over recent months, and we hope to continue to facilitate this over the summer months.
PE Subject Leader
The PE subject leader within school has an impact on improving the quality of PE. Last year our Sports leader was successful at gaining promotion , therefore LMT took over whilst training up our new sports leader , she is presently in her second year of her ECT year so will be shadowing with LMT and our Karate leader whilst she gains valuable experience prior to taking this on fully from September 24. The PE subject leader/ Karate leader, meets with the specialist leaders from the School Sport's Partnership to plan for the following year. All Medium Term planning is monitored by LMT and feedback is given out to all staff so planning can be improved even more. They also carry out learning walks with our sports premium governor to ensure sports remains a high priority in the school.
The Student Council feedback on developments in PE, which clubs are popular and how they feel the outdoor provision can be improved. Playground leaders/peer buddies have been trained and implemented into playtimes. The subject leader/LMT organise and timetable all new and upcoming events each term where staff within school are planned in to accompany the children. These events include home and away football matches for years 3 / 4 and 5 / 6, competitions such as cricket, basket ball, tag rugby, tennis etc. The children are always eager to participate.