The four objectives of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding are:
• To improve the quality of existing PE teaching through continuing professional learning in PE for generalists, so that all primary pupils improve their health, skills and physical literacy, and have broader exposure to a range of sports
• To increase participation levels in competitive sport and healthy activity of pupils, and maintain these into adolescence
• To increase the quality of initial teacher training in PE and sport, and to promote PE specialisation in primary level workforce
• Schools understand and value the benefits of high quality PE and sport, including its use as a tool for whole school improvement
Possible uses for the funding might include:
• Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
• Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
• 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, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
• Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
• Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
• Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools
Since the sports funding has been granted, Great Missenden School has spent the money in various ways to improve the quality and choice of sport within school.
We have bought into the Dr Challoner’s High School Sports Partnership for £2000. It is a yearly subscription which allows the school access to more competitive organised sport against other schools in the partnership. We have entered 10 competitions for this academic year. This is a large increase on what has been available to the children in the past where they were local competitions, such as the local football league. By being part of the Dr Challoner’s Partnership we have allowed more children from a range of years to represent the school in competitive sport.
We also have, through the partnership, access to specialist PE teachers who have been in to train the current staff. Kate Chaplin came in to train the teachers. The funding has also paid for every staff member to be trained in Module 1 and 2 swimming training, as well as completing the required Shallow Tank Rescue certificate. This allows the staff to run swimming clubs after school and use the swimming pool during PE or Games lessons. Without this training, the school would not be able to run swimming on site during PE or Games.
The grant is also used for membership of the MPSSA (Misbourne Primary School Sport Association) where local schools compete against each other in; tag rugby, cross country, table tennis and athletics. The dates for these are available in the school diary.
The school also enters into competitions put on by other organisations that are not in the partnership or the MPSSA. We have entered the Misbourne Games for years 2 and 6 which take place in the summer. We have also entered into the KWIK cricket festival for both boys and girls, as well as the national hardball competition. We have enjoyed success with the ESFA (English School Football Association) tournament this year where the girls team was runner up in the county finals. The grant has been used to allow children to enter more competitive sports against other schools and provide for cover to allow teaching staff to accompany them.
We have hired specialist sports coaches to teach the children in their respective fields. These include; the chance to shine cricket foundation which coached years 2 and 4 last year. We will be bringing them in again this year. AJ football, who has taken PE lessons for KS1 and runs an after school football club for KS1 children. We are bringing in Active Gamerz for the new year as an after school club, which will enthuse the children greatly and encourage them to take up more sport. If the school provides an after school club and a pupil premium child wishes to take it up, the sports grant is offered to pay for their entry.
We have a varied and large amount of sporting clubs on offer to the children at Great Missenden. The clubs we have on offer are; Netball, swimming, rugby, (where we are assisted by Beaconsfield rugby club) football (both boys and girls), table tennis, cricket in the summer (again both boys and girls) and cross country. We offer a differentiated football club, where the more able boys are given coaching in tactics and strategies. As we are inclusive school, any boy who did not make it into the football development squad is allowed to play weekly in a different football club, also run by the school.
We have used the grant to buy better equipment for the school. We have purchased new equipment for a variety of sports and games which the children enjoy using. Purchases have been made for both key stages and for all abilities. We have purchased equipment designed to be used within PE lessons and for children who are looking to progress their skills. Over £2000 has been spent on new equipment for the children. We have also purchased equipment that the school did not have before. I am pleased that the school now has a complete badminton set, along with a scheme of work for badminton. This is also true for rounders.
The grant has also been used to purchase scheme of works for the teachers to use. TOPS cards have been bought for swimming, invasion games KS1 and 2, Athletics, net and ball games, striking and fielding games and Val Sabin gym and dance schemes of work.
I believe that the school is making very good use of the grant and the children of Great Missenden have plenty of opportunities to experience new sports and quality sports coaching. We offer a range of sports clubs and the children have more chances to represent their school in competitive matches against other schools. We are very fortunate in this school that the teaching staff are willing to run clubs where they themselves are proficient. I am very passionate about sport in school I sit on the Bucks Chiltern Football Board, and I firmly believe we are meeting the OFSTED guidelines for how the money should be spent.