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PE and Sport Funding Information

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for three academic years from 2013/14 to improve 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 and is allocated directly to schools to determine how best to use this additional funding to impact on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.

The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in schools.

Houldsworth Valley Primary School has received £8,307 we have used / will be using to improve the quality and breadth of our PE and sport provision in the following ways:

  • Employing specialist, qualified coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE;
  • Providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport to raise their confidence and competence;
  • Contributing a significant proportion of funding to our local sports network, the Forest Heath School Sports Partnership, (FHSSP,) to pay for our membership as well as, amongst other things, access to a range of specialist teachers, coaching and sports activities and initiatives across our cluster of schools;
  • Provision for additional opportunities for gifted and talented pupils (through FHSSP);
  • Provide training and payment for learning support assistants and midday supervisors to introduce playground games at lunchtime;
  • Replace existing ‘adventure’ play equipment and ‘trim trial’ equipment;
  • Purchase additional resources for breaks and lunchtimes for organised playground games and activities;
  • Purchase additional equipment for EYFS to develop their core skills, for example, balance boards;
  • Providing subsidised places for all pupils in First Step and Premier Sports run after-school clubs;
  • Providing funding to pay for pupils of families in difficult circumstances, (e.g. pupils eligible for Free School Meals,) to attend clubs run by First Step, Premier Sports and other providers;
  • Provide coaches employed to deliver lunchtime club sessions three times a week;
  • Provide PE Subject Leader with release time to:
    • Track pupils’ participation in extra-curricular clubs and activities and target specific children to encourage them to join a club;
    • Introduce rolling programme for the role of play sports leaders to pupils in Key Stage 2, prepare resources and train pupils (on-going from Autumn 2015);
    • Work with FHSSP manager, Ian Jackson, to evaluate school’s current strengths and development areas in PE and sport, support the implementation of plans for improvement and apply for Sainsbury’s Sports Games Kitemark (Autumn 2016);
    • Provide PE Subject Leader with release time to undertake observations of external sports coaches, in order to quality assure the standard of coaching in school (Autumn 2016). 

The impact of the use of the grant will be reviewed at the end of each year.

The impact of the use of the grant will be formally reviewed at the end of each year; so far we have noticed:  

  • Increased provision of extra-curricular sports clubs, at lunchtime and after-school;
  • Increased pupil enjoyment, engagement and participation evident in PE sessions and clubs, both in and after school;
  • Increased participation in local sports competitions;
  • Improved resources to support the development of the subject area.


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