PE and School Sport Funding
PE and School Sport Funding – September 2019
In order to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the 2012 0lympics and Paralympics, the Government has invested highly into school PE. Each school now receives approximately £18,880 each year to support the development of PE which is a significant amount. The funding double in 2017 to support schools in encouraging 30 minutes of rigorous exercise per day for every child. Please see below for our published spending.
At St Albert’s we believe that sport plays an important part in a child’s life, as it contributes to the health and well being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards. We have, therefore, further subsidised the sports funding so that the Sport’s Premium Funding enables us to introduce various new initiatives.
Funding at St Albert’s
Over the last few years the majority of the funding at St Albert’s has been dedicated to teacher training (CPD)and this will continue. This has enabled us to ensure that there is an element of sustainability to our approach. We have employed various PE specialists to work alongside teachers, in a team teach approach, over the past few years. Therefore, when and if, the funding stops, we will still have highly competent teachers who are able to teach good and outstanding PE to the pupils in St Albert’s.
We employed a Sport’s Apprentice, Mr Wood, last year and he worked throughout the school working on all things sports related. This was a huge success and impacted the opportunities that we could offer our children and as of September 2019 Mr Wood is is now our Sports Coach.
Mr Woods supports Morning Fitness Clubs, lunch time sports and after school sports. He also runs our Friday Fitness Afternoon and he works alongside all practitioners.
Health and Fitness
We ended the year with a huge focus on health and fitness and this was picked up again in September 2019. All classes were introduced to Yoga and had weekly sessions and we are now promoting Netball. We are particularly proud that we have GOLD Healthy School Status.
One of our main priorities this year will be to introduce, as far as is possible with curriculum pressures, the opportunity for rigorous exercise each day. We also want to continue to provide the children with different PE experiences and opportunities, either within the curriculum or outside. It is important that our children participate and enjoy regular Physical Education if they are to develop into fit and healthy adults.
We have increased our sporting partnerships, after school activities and our involvement in Sporting Competitions.
PE Games Mark
We are delighted to be one of the few schools in Knowsley to be awarded the GOLD games mark. This is testament to all the opportunities on offer via the PE school curriculum, the extended curriculum and the number of competitions entered. Our partnerships with various organisations have also played a big role.
A wide range of activities are delivered in school via the PE curriculum. We are committed to ensuring that all children receive at least 2 hours of high quality, well planned PE per week. We have a specialist PE Coach (Mr Unwin) who supports us two afternoons per week and this year we have seen an increase in the curriculum support that we are offered by local secondary schools in the form of Specialist Teachers. Indeed, PE takes place every afternoon.
Throughout the year each child will participate in games, athletics, gymnastics and dance lessons.
Children in Y3-4 have fitness sessions every Friday afternoon with Mr Woods for 30 minutes.
Children in Years 3-6 have a series of swimming lessons every year and this takes place at the local swimming centre. Our aim is that all children leave our school at the end of Year 6 able to swim 25 metres.
Children in Year 4, 5 and 6 also have opportunities for many outdoor and adventure activities.
Beyond the School Day –Extra Curricular
We have a wide variety of sporting activities which take place as after school activities. These are organised by our teaching, support or coaching staff. We will also bring in outside providers as necessary.
We try to cater for all our children’s needs and ask the children which clubs they would like to see included during the year(student council); we also monitor participation and check uptake against gender and free school meals.
We enter competitions and encourage children to participate in team sport.
Extended School timetable as of September 2019
The Wider Curriculum
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life. Throughout the year we hold theme weeks such as Health and Well Being Week where children participate in a wide range of activities and have a taster session of a sport or activity that otherwise they may never have tried such as fencing.
During our residential visits, children are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities which may include orienteering, assault courses, canoeing and abseiling.
In the summer term, we hold our annual Sports Days in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races (although these are done sensitively and in ability related groups). We also participate various in Sports’ Day with others local schools.
We involve ourselves in local sporting events and partnerships such as the Stockbridge Olympics , LFC and Everton Football tournaments and take full advantage of any opportunities that arise.
The school believes it is important for the children to meet local sporting role models and the school has been visited by Bianca Walkden a local martial artist who represented Great Britain in taekwondo at London 2012, winning a Bronze medal. Previously to this we were visited by Rory Turnham a Blind footballer who represented team GB at the Paralympics and played for Everton FC.
We recently received the Healthy School Gold Quality Mark
Our participation in competitions has increased significantly and we have entered various. We encourage children to participate in a variety of team sports.