Sports Premium Funding
Following the success of the Olympics in London 2012, the government announced new funding of £150 million which will be provided towards improving the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in Primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport has been allocated to primary schools to spend on enhancing PE and sport within their schools.
For 2015-2016, St Joseph's received £9,134 in 2 instalments.
As a school, we decided to spend a large portion of the funds on the employment of a PE Coordinator from Fit for Sport. This allowed all children from reception to year 6 to have 2 1/2 hours of PE each week delivered by a specialist. This change has brought about a whole school engagement and enjoyment of PE & sport it has allowed:
- An increase in sporting participation and extra curricular club attendance.
- Expert sports coaching in a range of different sports, which has had a positive impact on the school’s recent performance results;
- Lunchtime sporting tournaments to give all children the opportunity of participating in competitions;
- Increased pupil awareness of the importance of sport in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
We have also been able to use the funding to continue to invest in sports equipment at the school. We also continue our membership of the Kingston School Sports Partnership.
Annually we review how the sports premium is being spent and what areas of PE and school sport need improving. We run an inclusive health check using the Sainsburys school games criteria at the start of every school year. This health check allows for the sustainable spending of the allocated funding across different areas of PE & school sport.