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Fern Hill Primary School

Fern Hill Primary School

Sports Funding update 2013–17

Fern Hill - Sports Funding update 2013 – 17 (updated Jan 2018)

In March 2013, the Government launched its PE and Sport funding which commenced in September 2013. The funding is focused to achieve the following results:

  • Preserve the Olympic and Paralympic legacy while developing school sport
  • Develop an enjoyment of sport and physical activity, while promoting a healthy lifestyle in children from an early age.

The funding is ring fenced and may be spent in the following ways:

  • 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 Change4Life sport clubs;
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport (including providing cover to release teachers);
  • Running sports competitions, or increasing participation in the School Games; 

The school received £10,200 during 2013/14, £10370 in 2014/15, £10650 in 2015/16 and £11,000 in 2016/17.

For 2017/18, there has been an increase in the amount of money being provided, rising to £22,500.  In addition, a small amount of money was carried over from the previous year.

The focus this year is to ensure that the sports funding has more of an impact on more children. We would like to focus the money on providing training and support for teachers in gymnastics and dance. We also feel it is important to ensure all children are able to swim 25m before they leave primary school and so will be funding additional lessons.

For 2017/18, we are proposing to spend the money with a focus on the following areas:

Additional equipment for new and existing sports for all children to use during PE lessons

A large amount of equipment was obtained through Sainsburys Active Kids scheme.

KS1 Year group specific equipment is to be purchased, for use in both PE and other curriculum areas, to support a focus on active learning for children.

Thames Young Mariners - to introduce new sports and outdoor activities for whole year groups – years 3 and 4

Approx cost £5000 for the 2 year groups to participate.

Catch up swimming lessons – UKS2 focus to support children being able to swim prior to leaving primary school

Approx cost £600 to support Years 5 and 6 children in Summer term.

Enhancement and development of the playgrounds to provide further opportunities

This is to be a jointly funded initiative with the school PSA, with a gym trail being established in KS2 playground. This will be carried over to 2018-2019 if necessary.

Introduction of lunchtime play leaders to encourage and support (working with sports councillors and existing lunchtime staff)

This has been amalgamated with the development of the Sports Councillors leadership role. We are looking to train the Sports Councillors to take a leadership role in the playground, to support and encourage more children to be active.

Provision of activities for specific groups, including, but not limited to: PPG and G&T

Imoves dances – scheme of work to support teacher development and lesson delivery in dance and gymnastics– all year groups

Active week costs and prizes

Sports Councillors – developing leadership skills, providing resources for them to lead activities

This has been amalgamated with the introduction of lunchtime play leaders. We are looking to train the Sports Councillors to take a leadership role in the playground, to support and encourage more children to be active.

Supply cover to allow PE co-ordinator to plan, organise and implement actions. Cover costs to release staff to accompany children to events.

Transport to allow teams to participate in tournaments and competitions

(As costs become available, updates will be posted.)


Impact of funding from 2013 - 2017

  • Fern Hill has been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Mark for both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • Increased physical education participation including after school and lunchtime clubs. Many new clubs have been introduced.
  • Increased participation in intra and inter school physical education competitions – retaining our position as 4th in the borough.
  • More than 300 children have participated in inter-school competitions.
  • Improved physical education equipment and facilities. Additional resources have been purchased, increasing the number of sports that can be played.
  • Higher level of participation at playtimes with the introduction of a Sports Council.
  • More confident and competent staff in Year Two - specialist coaches have helped to plan and assess with the class teachers.
  • Enhanced quality of teaching and learning across physical education. Year Four received specialist gymnastics coaching.
  • The introduction of assessment across key stage two.
  • An intervention program set up to help those children who need extra support with their fundamental movement skills – Fern Fit club.
  • Positive attitudes towards health and wellbeing as the profile of physical education has increased. 

The 2016-2017 Spending Plan

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