What is the Sports Premium?
Since 2013, the Government has provided all eligible schools with primary school sport funding. This funding has been jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and has seen money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Each school receives £16,000 plus £10 per pupil based on school census data.
This means that CVJS receives £18,400 each year.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers/qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs
- Funding sports resources and equipment in schools
Sharing good practice:
In February 2018, we hosted a county-wide governor event here at Churchdown Village Junior School. We shared our strategy and our visions for sport at the school.
What we are doing at CVJS:
At CVJS, we have welcomed the Government’s additional funding to improve provision of PE and Sport in primary schools. We are committed to using this funding to enhance our provision of high quality PE, both within and beyond the curriculum and to add to our existing resources.
We are aiming to make sure that as a school we:
- Improve teaching of PE & Games in KS2 through staff access to training opportunities and continued professional development
- Develop competition, allowing children to be given the opportunity to compete in tournaments and fixtures with other schools
- Develop positive attitudes in sport
- Promote involvement of all children in sport regardless of ability
- Improve resources in school
- Make use of collaborative and partnership working
With these aims in mind, we put the money to the following uses:
- Investment in the professional development of staff at our school so they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come. This includes providing cover to release staff for professional development in PE and sport.
- Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside staff.
- Making links to other community sports providers – encouraging pupils to join out of school sports clubs.
- Continuing to take part in local sports competitions and events.
- Encouraging our children to improve their leadership skills through sport – through the sports leader initiative for example.
- Increasing the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate - running sport competitions and increasing pupils’ participation inter and intra-school competitions.
- Developing the outdoor and adventurous activities element of the PE curriculum.
- Purchasing equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities as relevant.
The document below gives an outline of how our funding has been used in previous years and how we intend to use it in 2023/24
Swimming at CVJS
Schools are required to report swimming data for the children in Year 6. The summer 2022 data for CVJS is shown in the table below. Due to the pandemic, and the enforced closure of our swimming provider, school swimming did not take place in 2020 or 2021. We are currently using the 'Pools to Schools' initiative, whereby we locate a swimming pool on the school playground. This is heated, covered with a marquee and comes with a swimming instructor and a lifeguard. All 4 year groups take part in this intensive swimming provision.
How do we ensure the improvements are sustainable?
To achieve a self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport here at CVJS, we believe that the sports funding should see a positive impact on the following 5 key areas:
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy and active lifestyles
2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. Increased participation in competitive sport