The government gives extra funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money. For example, the funding can be used to:
- Hire specialist PE teachers
- Hire qualifies sports coaches to work with teachers
- Provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- Support and involved the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs.
- Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Run sports activities with other schools
At Shirestone, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It's important that we use this money wisely, especially as the majority of the PE support we previously received from local school partnerships will cease. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, are investing in additional staffing/coaching and resources to further enhance the curriculum PE and extra – curricular sports during lunchtime and after schools clubs.
Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing more sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.