In 2013, the Government decided to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding of around £150 million per year. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and provides funding directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Schools are held to account for how they spend the sport funding and we have therefore included details about our spending below for your information.
In the academic year 2013/14, Beaufort Primary School received a grant of £9,270. The majority of this funding was spent on improving the quality of gymnastics provision within the school. £3,960 was spent employing trained coaches, from a company called SCL, who came into school and worked alongside our teachers to develop their subject knowledge and teaching skills. Teachers had the opportunity to observe the coaches teaching their class over several weeks, then to follow up the session by teaching the next lesson themselves, observed and supported by the coach. The coaches also helped us to develop an effective gymnastics curriculum throughout the school to progressively develop our children’s skills. In addition to the training, £3,843 was spent on Gymnastics resources. We purchased suitable equipment for gymnastics teaching for both our younger children (Reception, Years 1 and 2) and our Key Stage Two children (Years 3 to 6).
In the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16, we have worked to try to involve more of our children in sporting activity. We carried out a parental survey to establish the level of sports participation that our children currently have both in our after school clubs and in activities outside of school. We also asked our children what sorts of activities they would like. This information helped us to plan activities to get our less active children more engaged in sporting and physical activity, thus forming habits for healthy lifestyles. We organised a greater range of sporting clubs and activities and funded disadvantaged children, who would otherwise not be able to participate. This funding amounted to £364 in 2014/15 and has already amounted to £463 in the Autumn term of 2015/16, demonstrating the increase in levels of participation.
We have funded our £90 membership of the WASPS (Woking Area Sports for Primary Schools) Group each year since the sports premium began. This provides opportunities for our children to compete in cross school events. In addition, we appointed a co-ordinator to engage our children in more competitive sporting opportunities. We also purchased new football kits for our teams, who have been very successful!
New playground markings were put into place last year, at a cost of £3,210 and our staff were trained to deliver sporting activities using these. This has increased participation in sports activity at break and lunchtimes.
Our biggest need now, as a school, is for swimming provision. Local schools loaning us their pools are also growing and so we are finding it difficult to find enough slots for our own growing school. We are therefore using some of our Sports Premium this year to produce plans for a swimming pool of our own, on our site. We are designing the pool with the support of Frogs and Friends to ensure that the community can also make good use of this resource. If you feel you can help us in any way with this project, through company sponsorship, or skills and expertise, please do get in touch with the school.
From April 2018 onwards, the DfE require schools to publish the number of Year 6 pupils who meet the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
At Beaufort the number of children who currently meet the National Curriculum requirements as stated above are 46 out of 56 children. We are continuing to try and provide opportunities for the children who are not yet meeting the standard to do so prior to them leaving Beaufort.
In 2016/17 the Sports Premium grant was £9,615. We continued to use a portion of the grant to encourage more children to participate in sports based clubs in school, the total for this was £766.75 which meant over 20 children participated in clubs. These are children who wouldn’t have been able to access the clubs and has resulted in an increase of physical activity for them as well as a greater skill level and confidence.
The Sports Premium grant rose to £19,580.00 in 2017/18. To date £1,678.00 has been spent on engaging more children in sports clubs as well as training in outdoor learning to increase teaching and learning opportunities in the outside environment.
In 2018/19, £8,000 of the Sports Premium grant was used to create an astroturf surface adjacent to the playground to enable sports to be played in the winter months on a suitable surface. We are further enhancing this space in 2019/20 using our Sports Premium to create a fence and goals therefore making the space even more useful.
In addition, some of the £19,800 grant in 2019/20 will be spent on increasing participation in sports activities at lunchtimes in the summer term using 2 sports coaches. This will enable and increasing number of children to learn and play a variety of new sports using the sports field area we have.
For further information about our Sports Premium spending, please contact the School Business Manager.