What is this funding and what is its purpose?
The government is providing additional funding during 2016-2017 to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools.
This funding, provided jointly by the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport for our school amounts to £8575 for 2016-17. It is set to rise in the future as a result of the increased revenue from the sugar tax, but we are awaiting more details.
What is the impact of the funding on sport at St Pius X?
During the past year we have used the funding in a variety of ways to help the children at St Pius X improve, inspire and achieve through sport. A new scheme of work introduced by the PE subject leader focuses on developing core skills which allows pupils to succeed regardless of sporting entry level. Alongside this, the teachers at St Pius have worked closely with coaches from Ashton Park such as Sarah Fear and Debbie Scroggs to improve their own professional understanding of the sports being taught. As we don't have a minibus at the school, we use the budget for transport for many events arranged by the Ashton Park SSP, giving our children the opportunity to experience and participate in things they might not usually get the chance to.
Over 70% of children in KS1/2 involved in sport clubs/games
We are continuing to offer a wide range of free after school clubs to all ages - the budget helps provide equipment as well as highly qualified and experienced coaches for the extremely popular football club. The coach who oversees the football club, Dave Hedges, has worked with some of the best players in the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo! Alongside this, he has a wealth of experience running the academy set-ups at Bristol City, Southampton and, most recently, Yeovil. It is amazing to be able to offer the children at St Pius X such high quality provision.
Ashton Park Sports Partnership
For the academic year 2016/17, £1480 has been used to pay for our affiliation to the Ashton Park Sport Partnership. This will be our 5th year as part of the partnership. It is a vital tool that we have to enable all pupils the opportunity to compete in a wide range of sports at both local and county level. Cherry Kraus (the director) and her team put on a range of festivals to suit all needs. They are always competitive and allow schools to progress onto county, regional and national competitions. As well as providing the children with much needed competition, they provide the school and teachers with a wide variety of CPD opportunities that not only build teachers' confidence but allow high quality teaching.
Examples of provision at our school during 2016-17 include:
Weekly sport which includes, football, hockey, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, tag-rugby, netball, games skills, basketball and athletics.
FREE After school clubs we have/will run this year: football, hockey, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, tag-rugby, netball, basketball and athletics after school clubs.
Access to competitive sports which include matches, tournaments and festivals, inter and intra school games.
Swimming for all KS2 pupils - comes out of core budget.
‘Sign posting’ pupils to extended school sports activities and clubs outside of school time.
Sign posting pupils to holiday sporting activities.
Celebrating sporting success in and outside school.
Key Stage 1 & 2 annual Sports Day.
Dance activities and festivals including the Stages festival and KS1 gymnastics competition in March 2017.