In April 2013 the Government announced new funding of £150 million for Physical Education and Sport. This has now been extended until 2020. This is often referred to as 'Sport Premium'. This funding is to be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning and the breadth of PE and Sport provision in schools.
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1-6.
There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children's physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
At Our Lady’s through both staff and pupil audits we have identified several areas in which we can make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE we offer.
We employ a sports coach and a specialist high school teacher to work alongside teachers in lessons throughout the week to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE.
The Premier Sport Coach/St Thomas More PE Teacher work alongside teachers during lesson time to support effective planning, teaching and learning.
The coaches also deliver a block of 'WOW PE' to each year group to allow the children to experience a new sport eg Tri- Golf yr2 or yoga FS1 and provide additional sports clubs after school for all year groups.
Our identified priorities for 2016/17 are-
To raise the quality of teaching in PE with a focus on games and gymnastics.
To establish links with PE teachers in St Thomas More to help improve staff CPD.
To improve pupil stamina and overall health and fitness.
To ensure consistency of assessment through the assessment of skills through the use of individual pupil profiles.