The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for this academic year to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is allocated to primary school head teachers. This funding is ringfenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Sicklinghall CP School has been allocated £16,620 of Sports Premium Funding in 2017/2018. The attached Impact Statement, Action Plan and spending report provides detailed information explaining how the school invests this money in school sport and pupil health and wellbeing this academic year.
In summary, Sicklinghall School has allocated this year's Sports Funding in the following ways:
- Membership to the Harrogate School Sport Partnership.
- Provision of high quality PE teaching through 'Sporting Influence'. This provision enables class teachers to 'team teach' with the coach which develops their skill and experience in providing high quality PE teaching. Click here for Sporting Influence's website.
- Contribution to an extension of our 'trim trail' that encourages all pupils to remain active at play and lunchtimes. This will include the introduction of a 'minority' or fringe sport or activity, as decided by our school council.
- Replacement sports equipment to ensure that there is no 'waiting' in PE lessons. We have a 'one each' principle to purchasing PE equipment such as balls, hockey sticks, hoops, etc.
- Lease of a minibus across our learning partnership to reduce rural isolation and to enable our pupils to attend regular sports tournaments.
Sustainability of the School's Sport Strategy
Sicklinghall CP School leaders and governors have implemented a strategy for school sport that is both aspirational and sustainable in the long term. We ensure that our use of the premium is sustainable through:
- Team teaching with our Sports teacher to enable all staff to learn the skills of teaching PE alongside a specialist. This enriches the PE lessons with the Sports teacher and enables class teachers to confidently lead learning in a wide range of PE lessons independently of the Sports teacher.
- Deployment of existing support staff to lead the school's sport provision. This safeguarded position within the school ensures that emphasis is placed on all pupils within our small school having the opportunity to access Level 2 and 3 competition within the area.
- Establishment of charging structure for parents to contribute to the running of the school minibus. This enables more pupils to access tournaments and sports based activity across the area, reducing our rural isolation and increasing pupils' experience of a wide range of sporting and active pursuits.
- Establishment of a School Sport Committee who are tasked with the democratic development of school sport for all. Action plans are completed and pupils are coached to effectively lead and develop provision in school.