Primary Sports Funding
The Government was determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the very successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were held in London. In order to achieve this and improve the provision of PE and Sport in primary schools, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been made available for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014 /15. This funding (provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport) is being allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
At St. Sebastian's we believe that sport plays an important part as it contributes to the health and well-being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.
We have developed an action plan in order to continue to improve PE provision and raise achievement for all pupils in sport. Our priorities mean that the funding for will:
- Develop staff expertise in teaching in gymnastics, dance and invasion games skills through providing additional training and professional development and covering classes to enable teachers to do this.
- Continue to provide quality specialist coaches for teaching some PE lessons across the school
- Increase participation in sport through the provision of additional before school and lunchtime ‘get active’ clubs
- Increase participation in district and county-wide competitions and tournaments through membership of the local sports partnership
- Purchase additional PE resources to enable a wider and ‘new’ range of sports to be played.
At St Sebastian’s, we have always been committed to providing children with excellent sporting provision, as demonstrated by the recent awards of Kitemark Gold and Educate 'Outstanding contribution to PE'. With the added funding, we aim to build on this further, ensuring that each child experiences the benefits.