PE and Sports Grant
Purpose of the grant
To improve the provision of PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles.
Basis of the allocation
Allocations are calculated on the basis that eligible schools with:
- 17 or more pupils aged 5-11 years (Jan 2014 census) receive £8,000, plus £5 per eligible pupil; and
- 16 or fewer pupils aged 5-11 years (Jan 2014 census) receive £500 per eligible pupil.
The grant must be made available irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share. PE and Sport Grant is not part of the schools’ budget shares and is not part of the individual Schools Budget. It is not to be counted for the purpose of calculating the Minimum Funding Guarantee.
Use of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but we are free to choose how we do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE.
- New or additional sport clubs
- Funding professional development opportunities in PE and/or sport
- Running competitions or increasing participation in school games
- Buying professional development modules or materials for PE / sport
- Providing places for pupils in after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
St John Baptist Primary School Allocation
PE and Sport Grant 2015/2016: £8,893
An overview of how St John Baptist is using the grant to improve PE and sport provision 2015/2016
1) Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside class teachers
The school has continued the services of Fit for Sport a coaching company to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff including: invasion games, gymnastic, striking and fielding games and dance. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Each term the coach will work with all key stages on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children will benefit from being taught by a member of the Fit for Sport staff but in addition our own staff will develop skills through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons. We have continued with the same Fit for Sport coach who has built strong relationships with the children and has a detailed knowledge of the children’s needs and abilities
2) Increasing participation in school sport
As well as using Fit for Sport to deliver high quality PE lessons alongside the class teacher, they will also deliver a twice-weekly lunchtime sports club. The lunchtime club may involve learning a new sport, or improving in a familiar sport, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. The coach will also encourage children who shy away from sport to take an active part in lunchtime activities. The coach will prepare children for tournaments and offer specialist training to help succeed against other schools.
3) Providing opportunities for children to compete
St John Baptist has used a portion of the Sport Funding to enter into a partnership with Knights Academy Primary School Sports Association along with a number of other Lewisham Schools. The Sports Funding will pay for the services of a sports coordinator. Their role will be to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries. St Johns has already seen the benefits of these tournaments and have already progressed to borough finals.
4) Providing staff with continued professional development in PE
In joining the Knights Academy Primary School Sports Association teachers are able to attend courses on many of the sports in the curriculum. Any teachers who feel they lack the specialist skills in a certain sport can be tutored by experienced coaches and shown ways to improve their skills.