What is the Sports Premium?
Department for Education Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following OBJECTIVE:
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.
It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (above) that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
- the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
The sport funding can only be spend on sport and PE provision in schools.
How will we be using the funding at Fellside?
• On the continued provision of external coaches to provide expert tuition for children in tennis, basketball and speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) skills.
• On staff professional development – specifically in PE and ‘Physical Literacy’.
• On providing cover to enable staff to be released to attend professional development opportunities.
• On provision of quality assured schemes of work to deliver National Curriculum objectives for PE.
• On investment in a cluster-wide partnership agreement with Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership for provision of in-school support and a programme of competitive sporting events led by Whickham Academy.
• On bolstering our health and well-being curriculum, specifically targeting the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise.
What do we aim to achieve?
• Develop a sustainable model to future-proof future sport/PE provision at Fellside after the funding stops.
• Secure progression in PE skills through delivery of high quality PE.
• Provide a pathway of support for targeted/less-active children to increase their participation in PE/sport.
• Increase awareness of how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
• Increase participation in intra-school competitive opportunities.
• Establish robust monitoring of teaching in PE.
• Develop systems for monitoring of external deliverers (i.e. coaches).
• Develop a balanced curriculum and a more diverse out-of-school-hours (OSH) programme.
• Raise the profile of the subject both internally and externally.
• Improve community links to support the PE and school sport curriculum.
• Increase the contribution of physical activity and sport in pupils’ overall achievement.
We place high value on supporting our children to develop swimming skills. Our Year 4 children are taught to swim by specialist swimming teachers at Dunston Leisure Pool. Year 4 attend once a week for the full academic year and are supported to reach (and in some cases exceed) the recommended government guidelines. In Year 6, our children return to the pool for an assessment session to ensure they are secure with their skills and still able to reach the expected standard. Any children who need to boost skills receive additional swimming sessions until they regain the standard.
At Fellside, the Primary PE and Sport premium has not been used to supplement national curriculum swimming requirements.