Additional Sports funding for schools- what is it?
The Government has made available to all schools a sum of money to allow them to continue to develop sports provision within school and to help schools increase pupil participation in sporting activity. This money equates to £8000 per school per year plus an additional £5 per child. For our school this means that for the academic year 2016/17 we have received £9740.
How has the money been spent at English Martyrs'?
At English Martyrs' we have spent this money on employing an additional member of staff for three afternoons per week. Each day, this PE teacher delivers lunchtime and after school clubs as well as inter-house sporting competitions. During the afternoon he works alongside our existing teachers to further supplement and improve PE lessons. This has meant that the quality of provision has improved during lessons, as the ratio of staff to pupils is much greater and pupils receive a greater individual focus during this time. This provision has continued in place since the Spring term of 2014.
What has been the impact?
Staff have reported that they have been able to more effectively teach PE with the additional support and as such pupils have benefited from more focussed lessons. Pupils have also enjoyed the additional opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities. The table below shows the overall percentage of pupils who participated in (sporting) extra-curricular clubs over the last two years and how since the appointment of the PE teacher (in the Spring term 2014), numbers have increased: