School Sport Premium

What is Sport Premium?

The Government is spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the three academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.

This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality  and breadth of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive the funding.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Bellingham First

Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:

  • hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
  • support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs
  • provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers allowing them to be upskilled
  • run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

What have we spent it on?

We have used the money to buy fully into the Tynedale School Sports Partnership (TSSP) which entitles us to  specialist teachers throughout the year, staff training on a range of courses, including “Real P.E.” and “Change for Life Clubs”, After-School Club provision (Athletics, cricket and gymnastics so far) and intra and inter-school competition and festivals, such as the Skipping Festival in May ’14.

For the next academic year, 2014 – 2015, we will continue to buy into this programme and use the expertise of our own staff for the additional teaching sessions. We will continue to provide swimming lessons for the Autumn and Summer term, as well as a range of after-school clubs run by external staff and our own staff.

Impact: We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We will look at how well we use our Sport Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

Measuring the impact of the activities provided with the funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. Assessments are made by formally and informally using our school assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in P.E.