PE & Sport Premium is funding provided to primary schools, in additional to main school funding. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore, can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools. Initially the funding was only to be provided for 2013-14 and 2014-15, however since that time Prime Minister, David Cameron has committed to keeping the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. It is for schools to decide how the PE and Sport funding is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made to enhance the provision for PE in school. Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding.
Schools receive PE and Sport Premium Funding based on the number of pupils in Years 1 to 6. The funding for 2016-17 is calculated on the following basis: Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.
Professional Athletics, Cricket and Football Coaches to work alongside the teachers and up-skill them in the delivery of the PE curriculum. Structured games and sports in lunchtimes and after school clubs delivered up skilled staff and Athletics and Football Coaches. Paid for staff to attend various PE courses and conferences to further develop their PE professional development in all phases of the school. Continuation of our ‘Change 4 Life’ club run by staff who have developed their PE teaching through attending some of the PE courses that have been made available to them this academic year.
This Year at St. Nicholas' we have invested time and money into developing our girls football. Part of this has been run alongside Oxford High's 'Girls on The Ball' initiative, which we have been involved with from it's incarnation in 2015-16's academic year. This has been a great initiative for our school and we've enjoyed a lot of success on and off the pitch. We now have two girls' football teams - one made up of Years 3 and 4 and the other in Years 5 and 6. We also have a weekly Girls Football Club that runs after school each week and have around 15-20 girls attending each term. To see the impact of 'Girls on The Ball' please have a look at this short video from BBC Oxford
Other ways in which the impact of the PE Sports Premium has impacted on the schools success is in the Open 7-a-side competitions that our Year 5 and 6 Girls and Boys teams are taking part in. Both teams have reached the finals of the competition and the boys have finished second in the area.
On the 1st November our Athletics team attended the Sainsbury's School Games County Cross Country Qualifiers. The children ran in two different races - Year 3 & 4 800m and Years 5 & 6 1Km - on a new course from last years. As a result of the PE & Sports Premium money we've received this year we have been able to further develop our Athletics compared to last year and the Year 2 children have weekly athletic sessions. As a result of this, we have been able to pull from a wider group of children for the competitions. As a result we were able to take A, B & C teams to the competition. The children all did amazingly well. Team results were as follows: Year 3 & 4 Girls, Year 5 & 6 Girls and Boys team all qualified for the County Finals in Abingdon on the 31st March.
The sustained investment from the government has allowed us to build on the successes of last year and enabled us to continue to employ Dom as our Athletics Coach these last four years. He is a true asset to the school and we look forward to further success as he continues to work with the children in our school.
On top of this success we have continued to hold Intra School Cross Country competition using the same format as the Sainsbury’s School Games. The course ranges between 1 and 1.5km depending on whether they're in Lower Keys Stage 2 or Upper Key Stage 2. They have continued to be a huge success and it's brilliant to see all the children enjoying running. We look forward to more of them throughout the rest of the academic year.