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PE and Sports Funding

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Background

Funding for schools is calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census each year.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Accountability

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.

Ofsted Inspectors will assess and report on how effectively this new funding is being used to improve PE and Sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the school’s leadership and management.

Schools are required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Physical Education at Admiral Long CE Primary School

We feel that Physical Education plays an important role in children’s health and wellbeing. In addition to this, our vision for PE, Healthy Active Lifestyles, and School Sport is for all children to be able to enjoy participating in physical activity in PE, at after school clubs, at festivals, during competitions/tournaments and through learning leadership skills. We have worked hard to develop our Physical Education and achieve this through both curriculum time and extra-curricular activities.

Our PE curriculum

Our main aim is to raise participation levels and the profile of sport within the school and engage more of those children who are not instinctively drawn to sport. This has been achieved with the majority of Key Stage 1 and 2 children representing the school in some form of sporting activity each year.

We also aim to develop those children who are already involved in the sporting life of the school to a higher standard and to allow them to compete at higher levels. This is achieved through entering teams in cluster and small school competitions.

Our KS2 children swim weekly throughout the year.

Swimming Data (1 pupil in Y6)

Swimming competency up to and beyond 25m : 100%

Swimming competency using a range of strokes: 100%

Non-swimmers: 0%

Swimming safety certificate gained: 100%

 

A wide range of PE activities are delivered to the pupils, which aim to engage and inspire all pupils through the balance of Participation and Excellence:

Participation

Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day and as extra-curricular clubs.

Opportunities include:

  • traditional team games; football, netball, hockey, cricket, rounders, tchouk ball
  • individual pursuits; cross country, fitness circuits training, tri-golf, outdoor and adventurous, gymnastics
  • bespoke activities through taster sessions and school trips: martial arts, cheerleading,
     

For the past several years, funds have been used to employ a Specialist PE coach from Sporting Influence and this expertise is used across the school to teach pupils from Early Years to Year 6 in PE activities ranging from gymnastics to multi-skills.

In pupil discussions, P.E. is always a popular subject. P.E. is carefully planned against key skills, and each pupil is assessed regularly. A progress document has been produced to show age related coverage and expectations through KS1 and KS2 . This ensures that children make at least age related progress throughout their time in school. Sport builds strong relationships of trust between pupils and staff and impacts positively upon the engagement and trust between them in the classroom. We believe that the discipline demanded of the children in sport can impact upon behaviour within the classroom, and reflect our church school values

Excellence

In every aspect of school life, high expectations for all pupils are evident and ingrained in the culture and ethos of the school. Through sport, the children begin to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, teamwork, and ambition: qualities that they are then able to use in their learning within the classroom and indeed, through their life.

From an early age, competitive sport is nurtured and encouraged, with KS1 pupils preparing for and entering local competitions in athletics, football, and gymnastics. In KS2, the school’s aim is for every child to take part in at least one sporting festival each year, with staff identifying the pupils with specific talents in, for example, football, tennis or orienteering. Skills are taught through P.E. lessons and through a  variety of sports provision offered after school, both by teachers but also through highly skilled sports coaches. This helps pupils to build on key skills ahead of tournaments and competitions and further develop their resilience, teamwork and passion for the sports in which they participate.

Following our relocation and removal of COVID restrictions, we intend to deliver a Sports Leadership programme for Y5/6 which is led by the HSSP (The Harrogate School Sports Partnership). Pupils use this to teach, plan and assess PE lessons and provide extra-curricular sporting opportunities for other pupils. This is an engaging project for all pupils.

The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. We monitor participation and check uptake against gender, SEND and free school meals.

Partnership Work

Our school is part of the Harrogate School Sports Partnership, a group of primary schools and secondary schools. We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in inter-school competitions and use the wider range of resources and facilities which the secondary schools in the cluster are able to offer. There are a wide range of competitions, which allow all children to compete; for example, we have recently participated in a football tournament, swimming gala and KS1 multi-skills event.

Sport events include orienteering, rounders, tennis, cricket, golf, athletics, gymnastics, dance and rugby. The children’s achievements, for participation or success, are celebrated each time in assembly and regular updates are included in our school newsletter.

We recognise the impact upon community cohesion, which is strengthened through the school’s involvement in competitive sport. Pupils from local primary schools build good relationships with other children, often supporting their transition to secondary school.

We believe in the positive benefits sport has upon  the development of a child’s character, and understand that it can develop resilience, discipline, respectfulness and determination, all traits that we encourage and nurture at Admiral Long CE School

To find out more information on the Harrogate School Sports Partnership please visit www.harrogatessp.com

 

Click here to see how we have spent our Sports' Funding 2020 - 2021