PE & Sport Funding
Please refer to the attached document regarding how PE & Sport funding was spent in 2019-20.
What is Primary School PE and Sport Funding?
The Government is providing funding directly to schools who will decide what is best for their children’s sport needs. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. The funding is used to develop the areas of the curriculum which benefit the children’s health and fitness.
How are we using the funding?
Working with Croydon Schools Sports Partnership (CSSP)
Buying into the CSSP allows us to form links with other schools in the Borough, discuss strategies and share ideas to ensure an innovative and quality PE curriculum is delivered. By joining this partnership, the school can use specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE, thereby enhancing the professional development of staff in the teaching and delivering of the PE curriculum. In addition to this, children will have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports at a competitive level against other schools who are members of the partnership.
Developing lunchtime play
The PE Manager and Sports Partnership coach develop the provision of games during lunchtime play by training midday supervisors and young leaders to deliver high quality sessions, ensuring that children understand the importance of keeping active and develop their skills and teamwork.
The school funds swimming lessons for children in years 4, 5 and 6 from the Curriculum budget. The school hires the pool at Thomas More and the children are taught by the school’s specialist swimming teacher. In accordance with National Curriculum standards, it is our aim that all children are able to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Curriculum Enrichment (dance)
A specialist dance teacher works with teachers and children to support the teaching of dance across the school. The school is represented at Croydon Schools Annual Dance Festival.
Funding is allocated as requested to source a range of additional equipment to ensure that the PE curriculum is broad and varied across all year groups.
Overall approach to effective practice:
Creating sustainable provision
- Funding is supporting the professional development opportunities for teachers.
- The PE leader introduced and supports the development of a skills-based curriculum and audits provision.
Emphasis on inter-school/intra-school competition
- The school football teams compete in the local boys and girls leagues and cup competitions.
- We are involved in local cluster sports activities.
- We host an annual running competition for local cluster schools.
- We host an annual rugby competition for local cluster schools.
- We provide six intra-school competitions for all students over the course of the academic year.
- We hold an annual competitive and fully inclusive School Sports Day.
Increasing girls' participation
- Girls attend football clubs and compete in the school football team.
- We provide specialist netball coaching for girls.
- As part of a completely inclusive school, we provide opportunities for all children to participate in school sports.
Teachers have the opportunity to develop their skills in teaching physical education with support from CSSP.
Support staff have training in how to develop children’s play at morning and lunchtime breaks so that they have the opportunity to develop their skills on a range of activities.
Healthy Schools Agenda
The development and provision of our Healthy Schools Agenda has particular focus on physical activity. As part of our Healthy Schools action plan, it is our aim that every child understands and enjoys keeping physically fit and active.