P.E and Sport Funding
At Great Bradfords Junior school we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
Every pupil will have two weekly P.E. lessons taken by the classteacher. For the pupils in year 4 and 5, one of lessons for one term will be a swimming lesson delivered by qualified swimming instructors at Braintree Swimming Pool. Every pupil will have the opportunity to participate in the annual School Games Day.
Through the local School Sports Partnership (SSP), the school successfully takes part in level 1 and level 2 competitions. The school employs the services of a Professional Sports Coaching organisation to enhance the variety of extracurricular activities available for the children, which include boys and girls football, tag rugby, netball, dance, fencing, archery and new age kurling. The school is inclusive of all children’s needs and also runs an orienteering club, fun sports club, a multi-skills club, and a Change for Life club, which is part of the curriculum. In addition to this the school is part of the ‘Golden Mile’ scheme. This is an opportunity for all pupils to participate in an active sport according to their own ability and skill during the school day. Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
The Sports Premium was introduced in April 2013 and is a sum of money allocated to schools to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. For this financial year (April 2016 – March 2017) the sum allocated is calculated based on the number of pupils on roll at the time of allocation (351). The total Sport Premium grant received by the school this financial year is £8,000 + £5 per pupil (351), totalling £9,755.
The grant will be used to:
- Employ specialist PE coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE
- Pay external sports coaches to run competitions, or to increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions
- Buy into existing local sports networks such as school sport partnerships or community sports coaching initiatives
- Provide extra, additional equipment to ensure that the PE curriculum can be taught effectively
- Transport children to activities and competitions and release teachers to accompany the children
- Access further specialist coaching through the School Games Organiser, for example cricket
Impact of Funding
The impact of the Sports Premium Funding is evaluated as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We look at how well we use our Sport Premium Funding to improve the quality of P.E and sporting provision, including increasing participation in P.E. and sport so that all children develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. The improvements that have already been made are sustainable as they are now embedded within the curriculum and through ongoing professional development for the staff (as required) from both internal experts and external providers. Provided the school budget can sustain the range of after-school clubs, these will also continue as long as possible.