Overview April ’17 – March ‘18
The government provides annual funding in the form of the ‘Sports Premium’ specifically for improving provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is “ring-fenced” and therefore can only be spent on PE enhancements within school.
For April 2017 – March 2018 we were allocated £15,409 which we have utilised to significantly develop and extend our PE provision at Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS).
In response to guidelines published by Active Essex BCPS now demonstrates a clear and precise commitment to delivering high quality PE.
For details of our spending and its impact please see the DFE document.
What we have spent:
£5,320 was used to fund a wide range of before, lunchtime and after school clubs, delivered by our specialist teacher.
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
At Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS) the engagement of all our children in regular physical activity and kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles is a key motivation within our PE provision. We have structured physical activity on our playground with lunchtime clubs delivered by our playleaders. We have 2 specialist coaches that deliver dance and swimming. We also actively encourage our children to travel to school on foot, or by bike or scooter. This is reinforced by our commitment to the bikeability scheme which educates our children to become safer and more capable cyclists. We recently achieved the ‘Enhanced Healthy Schools’ Award and were praised for the delivery of a highly engaging week in which playleaders delivered sports sessions for every child, in every year group. A competition is also organised in which children design a school lunch then cook it for the rest of the school. As a whole, KS1 complete a sponsored walk of half a mile whilst KS2 complete a mile sponsored walk.
2. The profile of PE and Sport being raised across the school
The profile of PE and sport within BCPS is being raised across the school and utilised as a tool for whole school improvement. Leadership and teamwork qualities are reinforced within the PE curriculum across the whole school. Positive behaviour and fair play are always recognised and praised in PE, whether it be a standout performance within a PE lesson or exemplary standards of sportsmanship recognised in our children at tournaments. Concentration, commitment, self-esteem and fair play have improved in the lower years at our school, although we are in the process of designing a method to quantify these aspects. The introduction of playleader led activities in combination with the PE clubs led by our specialist has contributed towards activity throughout the school day. Relationships with parents are very positive: several parents have provided written and direct verbal feedback, enthusiastically commenting about our PE content and delivery. Having established a PE specific twitter account, we can quickly share achievements within PE and once again comments from our parents are very supportive and thankful.
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills in staff delivering PE
Since recruiting a PE specialist, Teaching and Learning of PE is consistently outstanding. Progress is assessed by teacher observation relevant to the sports being taught within the curriculum. Excellent engagement and motivation within PE at BCPS is clear to see. This is underlined by exemplary standards of behaviour within these lessons, modelled by our PE specialist who maintains consistent high standards for all of our children. Children are actively used to lead part of the lesson, for example in Yr 5/6 warm-ups.
4. Broader range of sport and activities offered to children
Here at BCPS a broader experience of a range of sports and activities is offered to all children. Traditional “Winter” and “Summer” sports are delivered at the relevant times of the year, for example Football, Tag Rugby and Cross Country during the winter months and Tennis, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket during the summer months. We also provide less traditional activities, such as Yoga and disability driven sports like Boccia. Our higher ability pupils are stretched to challenge them and support PE delivery, for example a gifted team sports player may work directly with the PE Teacher to observe and analyse others children’s performance. We are also working to develop stronger links with both Burnham Rugby and Football clubs, ultimately to inspire our children to commit to lifelong participation in sport whilst enhancing and supporting local clubs. Our PE specialist works closely with our School council in relation to future sporting opportunities, clubs and sports visits.
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
Having qualified for subsequent rounds we have also attended a Cross Country event at William De Ferrers secondary school, and competed in Tag Rugby competitions at both Burnham and Maldon Rugby Clubs. Inter school competition wise, we have established a relationship with Maylandsea Primary with whom we have played a Hi 5 Netball tournament along with other local primaries. We now have very strong links with Panathlon, who specialise in disability events. We have competed against other schools in a Boccia tournament and took part in a disability swimming event held at the London Aquatics centre, a 2012 Olympic venue. Finally, our highly successful Yr 6 residential at PGL in Osmington Bay, Dorset, provided excellent Outdoor Adventurous Activities opportunities for our children and utilised a 2012 Olympic venue when we took part in a dragon boat session at the Weymouth Sailing Centre.