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
- Use of community resources for sports and physical activity (including Arsenal FC community programme)
- Bikeability for Phase 1 and 2
How was this funding allocated during 2018-19?
In 2018-19, PFS received a £10,000 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 Phase 3 and Phases 1 and 2. We also paid for an additional instructor so that the instruction could be differentiated. During the year all students took part in swimming lessons and all students making progress in a range of different strokes and self-safe rescue techniques. Students are awarded certificates by the centre and a display summarising and celebrating their achievements is kept updated in reception. Alongside this, PFS also ran two Bikeability courses (Levels 1 and 2) for students as well as providing weekly visits to Arsenal FC Community based programme.
For the current year, 2019-20, the Sports Grant funding (£10, 000) is again able to meet the cost of swimming tuition and additional physical activity and educational programmes as detailed above.
Year 7 Catch-Up Premium
Due to the nature of our school, we did not have any Year 7 Catch-up premium during the academic year of 2018/2019. The Pears Family do not have any pupils eligible for Year 7 Catch-up premium.
The Pears Family School have used an external careers advisor to support our students in Years 8 and 9. All pupils in these years will have access to a careers advisor at certain points throughout the academic year. All pupils who meet with the careers advisor will receive a detailed report outlining their expertise and potential career pathways. The next date for the next review will be advertised shortly.