Information on PE Grant
Since October 2013, we have been privileged to receive a PE and sport premium grant from the government of £25,281 (2013/14 £5,933, 2014/15 £9,406 and 2015/16 £9,942). This is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The Government has spent over £450 million on this funding over the 3 academic years from 2013 to 2016.
As a result of receiving this grant, we have established a clear vision for PE provision across the federation: to raise the profile of physical activity for all in school; to develop staff and resources so that we offer high-quality, inspiring learning opportunities for all children; and families to participate fully and enthusiastically in physical activity and sport.
To date, this has consisted of the provision of a comprehensive CPD timetable for all teaching staff. In 2014-2015, Newcastle United Football Club provided CPD for games and ball skills to teachers and currently, JJ Coaching are providing CPD for dance and gymnastics. This was a result of the findings from the PE working party, identifying the needs of the school and has been monitored in a variety of ways throughout the course of the sessions. In additional, we have invested in a corporate staff PE kit to raise the profile and importance of sport amongst all of our staff.
In 2014, Westgate Hill Primary School provided a PE Kit for every child. This consisted of a sports bag, white t-shirt and black joggers. This was to empower children in PE. Children have also already benefitted from a wide range of sports clubs, such as multi-skills, football, hockey and basketball, some of which have been fully funded and some partially funded by the grant, and this will continue throughout the academic year. Every club this term has been 100% full and in turn we are currently researching additional sport clubs, to continue building on the already improved provision of sport. The feedback from every sports club has been overwhelmingly positive, with children requesting the clubs go on longer and that they would highly recommend them to their friends. We have and will continue to invest in high quality equipment, ensuring that there are more opportunities for children to demonstrate and celebrate their wide range of skills. This has included playground equipment for Key Stage 1 and lacrosse equipment for Key Stage 2. We are currently developing and improving the physical environment, allowing us to provide a range of sporting activities on the field, MUGA and yards. We have established great working relationships with external agencies, such as JJ Coaching and continue our lasting links with Newcastle United FC, and Sport Northumbria.
Moving forward, our intentions this year within sport include implementing more opportunities for non-participants in PE to overcome barriers and the most able children in PE to improve attainment. With all after school clubs being 100% full, we want to continue this and also increase the amount of opportunities offered to children. This will include providing sport clubs at lunchtime, to allow provision for children who may not be able to attend after school. We will also attempt to invest in establishing a successful competitive sports programme and in turn, continue to raise the profile of sport throughout the federation and community, including opportunities for family sports events, health and wellbeing workshops and parent coaches to support our sports provision.
For more information see the detailed reports below: