We are delighted to see that the Government will continue investment in the Primary PE & Sport Premium, as announced in December 2015 through ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’. This funding is intended to '...improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.' (Ofsted, 2013). The provision of this additional ring-fenced funding, specifically to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport schools offer, demonstrates the importance placed on PE & school sport by Government and this is something we very much support. This year the grant conditions and accompanying guidance have been revised to emphasise that the funding must be used to enhance, rather than maintain, existing provision and that improvements must be sustainable in the long term.
The funding is allocated to each school and is dependent upon their number of pupils. Samuel Ryder Academy received £8,880 for the 16/17 financial year and will receive further funding next year based on our increased numbers in 17/18. The school sport funding is further supplemented by additional funds from the schools general budget to support the areas below.
Schools are to determine their own spending, looking to improve the quality and breadth of PE / sport, looking to increase participation, encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of provision.
Samuel Ryder Academy offers a unique opportunity for students in our Primary phase to receive high quality teaching from specialist PE teachers from the PE department. Every child receives 2 PE lessons per week and one swimming lesson, delivered by our PE staff. This is a unique opportunity that is enabled through the use of the sports premium funding. In addition to these curriculum lessons, the Primary students have access to a wide range of extra-curricular clubs each morning which are again provided by our specialist PE staff. These clubs include; football, tag rugby, netball, gymnastics, dance, swimming, cricket, athletics and rounders. The aim is to use this funding to provide opportunities and develop talent to create a sporting legacy at the school.
During their PE lessons our students are able to participate in a range of activities including: football, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming, jungle gym fitness. Due to the unique set up of the school these lessons take place in our state of the art facilities that include a purpose build sports hall, swimming pool and gymnasium containing specialist gym equipment.
The primary students at Samuel Ryder Academy also have benefitted from the governments funding through entry to various competitions including; football matches with local primary schools, regular swimming galas and a district mini triathlon hosted at Samuel Ryder Academy. Students have also benefitted from our Sports Leaders programme where students from our secondary have organised and delivered various house competitions throughout the year including, athletics and football.
Student participation in extra-curricular clubs has increased this year with at least 80% of KS1 and 2 students attending extra-curricular clubs. Student progress and attainment has also increased as a result of the provision put in place due to the additional funding available. By the end of Year 3, at least 90% of students in our primary were able to swim competently without the use of flotation aids. Some students have already exceeded KS2 expectations in activities such as swimming, athletics, gymnastics and dance due to the specialist teaching they have received from PE staff. We also have established our football team in year 3 and ensured they have had opportunities to compete against local schools on a regular basis.
Some of the funding has also been used for the professional development of our teachers to ensure that all staff have the best training in order to deliver high quality provision to our students. So far funding has been used to run:
Specialist PE teachers are used to deliver weekly PE lessons and daily clubs to all year groups, including additional swimming lessons each week from reception upwards. Our staff offer a wide range of expertise across a variety of activities meaning all students receive the best quality provision during PE lessons and clubs.
Primary PE co-ordinator – in place to co-ordinate PE and sports provision across the primaryphase. They work closely with the Academy’s Head of PE to plan a full and varied curriculum and provide a range of extra-curricular activities, before and after school.
We have also been able to support our teaching and clubs at Samuel Ryder Academy through the purchasing of new equipment. This includes: specialist swimming equipment and resources, floats, swimming aids and rescue equipment. We have purchased new tag rugby equipment, footballs and netballs, a year 3 football kit, 7-a-side goals and create a football pitch exclusively for primary use.
As our Primary phase continues to grow over the next few years we will be eligible for more funding, which we intend to use to continue to improve PE and sport provision at Samuel Ryder Academy. Our aim is to continue to offer our unique experience to the students at our school, giving them more opportunities to participate in competitions, extra-curricular clubs and specialist high quality coaching and teaching. We also intend to extend our Sports Leaders programme and establish a junior sports leaders programme to develop our primary leaders of tomorrow so they can help run additional clubs within the primary phase.