In April 2013 the Government anncounced they would be spending over £450million on improving PE and sport in primary schools. This extra funding is paid directly to primary headteachers.
When asked about the Sports Premium at its launch, Lord Coe stated "When I stood up in Singapore in 2005, I spoke of London's vision to connect young people with the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. By focussing on primary schools, we have the opportunity to use sport and physical activity to shape the daily lives of young people. I know from my own experience what an impact teachers and their engagement can have on the lives of young people." (Lord Coe).
To a certain extent, schools can choose how they use the funding, however it must be used to "improve the provision of PE and sport, for primary aged pupils, so that they develop healthy lifestyles' (Department of Education). Possible uses of the funding include:
- supporting and engaging the least active by running after school sports clubs
- providing resources that support the teaching of PE and sport
- providing additional PE and sport equipment
- running sport competitions or increasing pupils' participation in school games
- running sports activities with other schools
- providing places for pupils at after school sports clubs
Our aim is to ensure that every child has regular opportunities to participate in a wide range of physical learning and sporting activities so that they are encouraged to achieve to the best of their potential. We believe that PE and sport play a key role in developing qualities such as teamwork, perseverence, communication and self control as well as encouraging pupils to develop healthy lifestyles whilst also promoting a lifelong participation in regular physical activity. We believe that this will result in improved concentration, attitude and achievement in all aspects of pupils' personal development.
We aim to use our funding by participating in inter school competitions in football and using links with local secondary school PE departments. Our breakfast club provides a healthy breakfast and we encourage our junior children to bring in healthy eating snacks at breaktimes. Our infant, reception and nursery children are provided with milk and fruit/vegetables.
St Ann's employs a highly qualified P.E. coach who delivers P.E. lessons across the school from Nursery to Year 6. The lessons are skills based and cover a wide variety of sports. He provides a number of after school sports activities for Year 2 to Year 6.
We also train and provide resources for Playground Leaders to support more structured sporting activities during breaktimes.