P.E. PROVISION AT NORTHWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL:
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 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 directly to schools.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in .
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
At Northwood we are spending the money on the following provision to ensure our PE provision is strengthened and can be sustained when the funding is withdrawn.
We have invested a large proportion of our funding in providing children with high quality sport provision with the Premier School Sport Coaching team. They teach children from year 1 upwards and use their skills to coach our staff to improve their sports technique.
We are also providing more after school sports clubs for children across the school.
We are using the funding to support the wages of staff such as Mr. Hill who are able to work more hours with a focus solely on P.E.
We have been able to release staff to attend high quality PE training.
We are able to run more sport competition and can increase pupils’ participation in the School Games. Y3/4 have already experienced tag rugby, football and cricket tournaments and taken part in a cross country race which was organised by our own Y6 Sports Leaders. Our Y5/6 athletes have taken part in many competitions with our tag rugby team qualifying for the 2014 Hampshire Games. They have also reached the Island Finals in basketball, netball and football.
Northwood hosts an inter-school cross country race for Y5/6, the only one of it’s kind on the Island.
We are able to provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs (three days each week) and holiday clubs which parents would normally have to fund themselves.
We use the funding to enrol children on a ‘Gifted and Talented’ sports program where applicable.
We are able to buy new equipment where necessary, for P.E lessons and playtimes.
The additional sports coaches, staff & provision of free after school clubs has contributed to the school being awarded the Silver Kite Mark for sport.