PE & Sports Funding

The government is providing additional funding for academic years 2017/2018 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 – will be allocated to primary school head teachers.

Purpose of funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
  • Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional clubs/coaches.
  • Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.

All sports professionals run a variety of After School clubs where our aim is to get ALL children involved; money is directed into ensuring this happens with financial support provided for those parents who are entitled to it. Our children regularly have the opportunity to take part in inter school competitions across Shrewsbury and North Shropshire and we are proud of the success we achieve at our school. This funding will ensure we can maintain and improve upon the results we have achieved.

Our PE curriculum map has been altered, with the support of our secondary school colleagues to offer a broader range of opportunities in 2017/18 that includes alternative sports such as Dodgeball and Archery. Every child in Year 5 will take part in swimming lessons, with the aim for every child to be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school. From next year, those children who have not achieved the target in Year 5 will have additional lessons to enable them to reach the objective.

We carry out unit assessments of each child in the different strands of Physical Education. The assessments are used to plan for the next units of work, to ensure every child makes expected progress throughout their time at our school.

St Mary’s prides itself on the range of competitive sports offered to the children throughout the year. The children frequently progress past local competitions and regularly compete against the best schools in Shropshire. Results and fixtures for 2017- 2018 will be on the school website when the competitions start.

A breakdown of how the money for the last academic year was spent can be found on the Sports Grant Action plan 2017-18, including an evaluation of its impact and success at different points in the academic year.

All children are encouraged to participate in competitive sport and provision is made for those children who might find it more difficult if it wasn’t for this support. Transport and events organised in school time have enabled disadvantaged children to participate and excel.

We are also very fortunate to have such wonderful support from our parents, grandparents and friends at all our sporting fixtures. Please see our summary of sporting success so far to see how well we are doing!

Find out more about our Sport and PE Funding Expenditure in the document below:

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