The government gives extra funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money. For example, the funding can be used to:
- Hire specialist PE teachers
- Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- Provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs.
- Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Run sports activities with other schools
How was this funding allocated during 2015-16?
In 2015-16, TFS received a £5,500 PE and Sports Grant. The Governors and the SLT agreed that the money must be used so that all children benefited regardless of sporting ability. In the previous 12 months the students and parents had really valued the swimming lessons which we offered at the local Cally Pool, but the amount of individual support the instructor could give each student was limited. The decision was made to increase the number of swimming sessions to two per week. This enabled us to split the sessions between KS3 and KS1/2. We also paid for an additional instructor so that the instruction could be differentiated. The cost for the full year was £5,700.00. During the year all students took part in swimming lessons and all students made progress. Students are awarded certificates by the centre and a display summarising and celebrating their achievements is kept updated in reception.
For the current year, 2016-17, the Sports Grant funding (£6900) is again able to meet the cost of swimming tuition as detailed above.
Year 7 Catch-Up Premium
In 2015-16, we received a £500 year 7 catch-up premium.
Our two year 7 students received additional 1:1 maths tuition. This funding decision was based on an assessment of their end of Key Stage 2 assessments.
For the current year, 2016-17, the funding allocated for Year 7 catch up is £1900. Again, we have based our intervention on an analysis of base line data. The progress data for last year’s year 7 students suggests that the one to one support targeting gaps in attainment was effective and this is the planned resource for this year also.