The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011. It is intended to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who are in most need of it. To read further, please click here
The government continues to provide additional funding for primary schools 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 – has been allocated to primary school Headteachers, and is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport in the best way they see fit. King Solomon Academy is receiving somewhere in the region of £10,000 additional funding this year, as we have done in previous years.
Our use of this money in the year 2013/2014 was as follows:
To provide professional development for teachers: we have sent teachers on professional development courses with Creative Education in order to develop their knowledge and skills for delivering PE lessons. The result of this is that KS1 teachers have now taken on teaching PE themselves in order to free up our lead PE teacher to deliver longer lessons to KS2 classes, who now receive one and a half hours of PE a week – an increase of half an hour from last year. This gives children greater opportunities to be active, develop skills in the different sports on the curriculum and ultimately cultivate a lifelong passion for sporting participation.
To provide sporting opportunities for target groups of children: we have purchased Change 4 Life equipment and resources in order to start a Change 4 Life sports club for students in years 3 and 4, which runs every week. This club targets pupils who do not lead active lifestyles or who are not engaged with PE lessons – the impact of them attending the club means they are active for an extra half hour each week, but more importantly that they develop an enjoyment of sport and an understanding of healthy lifestyles.
To buy new sports equipment: we have replaced old or broken equipment, and invested in other new equipment in order to add new sports to our PE curriculum, for example handball. The impact of this is that children encounter and develop skills in a wider range of sports.
To improve play time sporting provision: we have bought equipment specifically to be used during playtimes in order to offer more sporting opportunities, for example providing every KS2 class with their own table tennis equipment.
To buy kits for our sports teams: we have bought kits for our basketball and football teams so that they look more professional when they compete against other schools. This has tied in with the school’s increased participation in competition with local schools –at the moment over half of the year 6 cohort has competed against other schools in football, netball or basketball, as well as a number of year 2, year 4 and year 5 students, and we will also look to compete in more events this coming year.
To employ sports coaches: we have employed sports coaches from a local agency to deliver some of our after school sports clubs – this has allowed us to expand the range of extra-curricular clubs available. For example, we are now able to offer separate year 1 and year 2 football clubs, compared to just one KS1 club last year, meaning double the number of children are able to play extra-curricular football.
In addition to some of the above, our use of the money in the year 2014/2015 was as follows:
To provide further professional development opportunities for teachers delivering PE in order to up skill them and help them improve their PE lessons. KS1 teachers were given additional training, both in house and externally, to continue to develop their knowledge base and confidence delivering PE. Additionally, the PE lead has completed level 1 and 2 aquatics qualifications in order to enhance the quality of swimming lessons and reduce the reliance on outsourcing swimming teachers.
To purchase a new, more detailed Scheme of Work for KS1 in order to give greater support and structure to the class teachers delivering PE. The new schemes, purchased from Enfield Sports Team and Rawmarsh School Sports Partnership, have offered more detailed guidance, activities and resources for better quality lessons across the KS1 PE curriculum.
To introduce new intra-school competitions to provide competitive sporting opportunities for all KS2 students within their year groups. One example of this took place in year 5, where all pupils took part in an intra-class gymnastics competition, with each child not only performing but also judging and giving feedback to other pupils. Another example was an intra-class year 4 football tournament, where again all pupils form the year group took part competitively.
To provide further OAA (Outdoor and Adventure Activities) opportunities for pupils. We introduced cycle training for year 5 pupils in order to encourage more participation in cycling both as a means of transport and as a recreational activity.
For 2015/2016 we aim to use the money as follows:
To make use of off-site sports facilities on a weekly basis in order to facilitate longer/better quality PE lessons
To expand the cycle training scheme and make it available to year 4.
To purchase trophies and medals to make our intra school competitions more authentic and competitive.
To purchase a PE iPad in order to provide more assessment opportunities for both teachers and pupils through the use of videos and photos.