The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the school census) will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Fairfields.
All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.
For the year 2017/2018 the Government have pledged to double the lump sum given to schools. Allocations for the academic year 2017 to 2018 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2017 census. Schools with 17 or more pupils will receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil
We are proud of the current PE curriculum provision at our school and of the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that we provide for our pupils. Sporting Clubs throughout the year include; Football, Netball, Athletics, Tennis, Dance, Golf, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Multi Skills, Speed Stacking and Fun Football – all run by at least Level 2 qualified coaches. All of the clubs run an awards programme with certificates of achievement for the children who attend. We also run a Play Leaders program for our Year 6 pupils who lead lunchtime activities for our pupils. In addition we have a Zumba club for the children run by a professional dance coach.
Inter-school competitions also feature in our school sporting calendar including Football, Tag Rugby, Netball and Cross Country as well as our yearly KS1 and KS2 competitive Sports Days. In addition to this we attend the District Schools Athletics Competition with our pupils and host the annual Speed-Stacking competition. Our school sports teams have regular fixtures with other local primary schools and have been highly successful over the last three years.
Our PTA, the Friends of Fairfields have provided our Netball Teams with fantastic new kits and in conjunction with some generous sponsors, we have a brilliant new Athletics kit.
How have we spent/will we be spending, the Sports Premium funding?
We employ highly qualified PE instructors from the GetSet4Sport company to deliver high-quality PE Clubs (Athletics, Football and Netball) to pupils.
We continue to take part in sporting events organised through the A10 sports Partnership and the Pathways Plus Team Supporting WDPSSA (Waltham Cross & District Primary Schools Sports Association).
We have joined the Association for PE and have gained their Quality Mark for PE and Sport. (Gained Quality Mark, summer 2014) We are also working on ‘The School Games Kitemark’.
We are inviting and have invited athletes, gymnasts and well-known sports personalities into the school to inspire our children.
We are purchasing sports equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities.
Billy Wingrove displays his fantastic footballing skills!
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 Sport 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 of which they are capable.
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 out of school. Assessments are made both formally and informally using our school assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE.
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
At Fairfields, swimming is taught in Year 4, when all children have swimming lessons. At the end of the academic year 2017/2018, 48 pupils (80%) of our pupils are able to swim at least 25metres, using a range of strokes and are able to tread water.
As a result of the high quality sport coaching available at Fairfields we have been very successful in the inter-schools competitions. For example, in May 2017, we won the WDPSSA Schools Cross-Country Tournament in all the categories: Individual Boys, Individual Girls, Boys Team Shield, Girls Team Shield and Overall Shield. The children had to run one mile, showing stamina and strength to complete the race.
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