The government is currently providing extra annual funding for schools, the aim of which is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools, and is being provided jointly by various governmental departments, including Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport. Although the funding is allocated to primary school head teachers, it is ‘ring fenced’, which means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport in schools.
At Tenbury Primary we have decided that the main aims for this funding are:
- To increase the number and range of sports available to children of all ages
- To encourage children to become actively involved in a variety of activities at lunchtime play
- Expand the range of after school clubs offered to children through the use of specialist sports coaches
- To replenish and expand the resources for P.E. including equipment for physical activity at lunchtimes
- To develop competitive sport across the whole school, focusing on achieving ‘personal bests’
- To increase teacher’s confidence in delivering high quality P.E. by providing training opportunities and also to provide training for lunchtime supervisors.
The school council completed a questionnaire to find out pupil views on how the funding should be spent. This is a summary of their findings:
- More equipment was needed for lunchtime play
- More and better netball posts and balls were required
- Additional ideas included a running track around the edge of the field, more competitions against other schools and tug-of-war
- Activities they would like to do either during the curriculum or after school included badminton, basketball, table tennis, dodgeball, athletics, rugby and an increase in dance opportunities.
- Lots of team games as pupils thought it was a good way to get to know people better and to help improve teamwork skills.
A staff audit also took place, which showed staff were most confident in teaching games and athletics and further training and lesson ideas in Dance, Gym, Outdoor Learning and Swimming would be useful.
Taking into account pupil and staff views and our overall aims to improve P.E. provision within the school, our initial plans were formulated and are up-dated and reviewed every year.