The school has been in receipt of additional government funding specified as “Sport’s Premium” since its introduction in September 2013. For the academic years each school in England will receive £8000 plus £5 per child on roll. Schools are free to spend the Sport’s Premium as they see fit since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for all the pupils within their responsibility. This extra funding must be spent on Physical Education and school sport. As a school we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding and from April 2014 we are required to publish online information regarding how we have used the Sport’s Premium and the impact it has made. To meet this requirement the following information has been produced which sets out the amount of Sport’s Premium we will receive and how we intend to use it. We aim to utilise this extra funding to improve all aspects of Physical Activity. These include: maximising pupil progress, increasing participation in sport, professional development of staff and to help all our pupils to develop healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes towards Physical Education.
How we will be spending the Sports Premium funding
At Hannah Ball School, we believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils.
Our rationale for the use of Sports Premium funding, which the governors have agreed, are that is must be used so that:
- All children benefit regardless of ability
- All children are given the opportunity to compete at their own level
- The most able children are given the opportunity to compete at a high level.
- Staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
- Some activities may be subsidised so that pupils are not restricted due to financial constraints.
- We will make use of collaborative partnership and working.
With the above rationale in mind, and following the guidelines of how to spend the money, our initial plans for the use of the Sports Premium funding include:
- Investment in the professional development of staff at our school so they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come, This will include providing cover to release staff for professional development in PE and sport.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional sports clubs
- Increasing the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate – running inter-house and inter-school competitions and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games and other inter-school competitions.
- Making links to other community sports providers – encouraging pupils to join out of school sports clubs.
- Inviting eg athletes, dance troops and gymnasts into the school to inspire our children.
- Developing the outdoor and adventurous activities element of the PE curriculum, utilising the grounds and facilities behind the school.
- Purchasing equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities as relevant.
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We will look at how well we use our Sports Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and outside school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE.