PE & Sports Grant
The Government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools by allocating extra funding directly to primary headteachers.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
Previously our development focus has been to make the Maxwell Road site more easily accessible to the children during the school day and resourcing large, outdoor games, as well as hiring a PE specialist to provide training, challenge and direction to class teachers, building a legacy of high quality PE provision. This has been overwhelmingly successful, with full details available below in the review documents.
Our headline approach during 2018 & 2019 is to focus on break times and lunchtimes. The school is engaging in a project called ‘Outdoor Play and Learning’ (OPAL). This approach maximises the impact of break times and lunchtimes on the development of social skills, but also on physical activity; getting children to move more, more of the time. This project will begin in earnest in February 2019, although work is already underway to identify our school’s particular needs. The school council is taking a lead on this development, along with a dedicated team of adults who are going to embed play more effectively.
Initial changes have already dramatically impacted on the physical activity levels of children at lunchtimes. Parental feedback from children with activity tracking watches has highlighted a significant uplift in activity levels since our approach has changed. This will be consolidated and developed as the project progresses. Additional information about OPAL will be uploaded here as it becomes embedded in our school.
Year 6 Swimming Competency: Cohort = 46 children
35 children can swim a distance of 25m proficiently.
31 children are able to use a range of different strokes effectively.
25 children feel confident enough to perform self safe-rescue in different water-based situations.
Details on expenditure of this allocation can be found via the link below.