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PE and Sports Grant

The Primary PE and Sport Premium 2020 to 2021 is paid by the Secretary of State for Education and is used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary aged pupils, in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

Funding for the Academy is calculated by reference to the number of primary aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools’ census in January 2020. For the academic year 2020-2021 The Priory Witham Academy received £19,510.

Allocations are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2020 census, and will allocate The Priory Witham Academy with £16,000 plus £10 per pupil.

Purpose of Funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. We aim to:

  1. Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the academy offers.
  2. Make improvements that will benefit pupils joining the academy in future years.
  3. Develop participation in competitive sport against other local primary schools.
  4. Develop participation at after school clubs and activities

After a review of the impact of current provision at the end of 2019-20, the decision for the 2020-21 funding was that it would be allocated for the following areas:

  1. The purchase of a range of equipment to enhance the teaching and learning in Primary Physical Education lessons. This includes footballs, netballs, gymnastics equipment, health, fitness and agility equipment and resources for healthy lifestyles.

Reason : the resources were limited and beginning to age. Additional provision of equipment enables a wider range of activities, previously, for example, there were limited resources for health and fitness. It is also the case, of course, that when new equipment is purchased there is a noticeable impact on children’s excitement and a renewed enthusiasm for PE and Sports.

  1. The widening of the range of activities available to pupils through participation in lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Reason: primary pupils were clearly benefitting from the specialist teaching offered and making excellent progress as a result.  Their improved skill level meant that the PE offer could be widened to include more team game activities such as unihoc and badminton.

  1. The development of the Primary Sports Partnership to facilitate participation in inter- school sport and holiday clubs.

Reason: We recognised the need to develop our partnerships with agencies who could offer additional sporting activities outside the Academy and who would support us in our drive to develop lifelong positive attitudes towards participation in exercise alongside the experience of competitive sport and success. The Primary Sports Partnership has links with local primary schools so could therefore facilitate the organisation of inter-school competition.

  1. Effective targeting and support for pupils identified as the least active.

Reason: we recognised that we had children who found being active a challenge.  Class teachers know the children well and continuity of teaching staff has enabled the identification and support of these children.

  1. All Primary pupils will receive swimming lessons with tuition by fully ASA qualified staff allowing pupils leaving KS2 to competently swim 25m, with further provision for those who have not yet reached this standard and opportunities for further development for those that do, or choose to swim competitively.

Reason: the most important reason is that swimming is the only sport that can save a child’s life and drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children. Swimming is also a low impact, aerobic sport that enables children to improve their fitness. The Academy is privileged to have a pool on site.  All children have had swimming lessons and when transferring to Secondary school, 72% of students are able to swim 25m.  As a result, targeted intervention sessions will be offered in Y7 to compensate for the lessons lost during lockdown. 

  1. The development of intra school competitions to allow skills to be developed in a healthy and safe competitive environment.

Reason: There are clear benefits to pupil’s social and moral development from participation in competitive sport. It was also noticed that our pupils lacked confidence when participating inter- school sporting competitions therefore increasing the opportunities to compete in school against their peers would enable them to compete confidently outside of the school environment.  We are now seeing the impact as greater numbers of pupils represent the Academy against other schools.

  1. Achievement of School games Mark

Reason: To get the Academy national recognition from the hard work completed in promoting PE and sport particularly through participation and competition. Also to motivate the staff and pupils to want to achieve the mark. This year we will be specifically aiming to maintain Gold status.

Impact of the PE and Sports Grant to Date (June 2020):

We believe we are beginning to see a significant impact despite limitations presented by Covid-19 due to the closure of schools in January 2021-March 2021. One of our priorities next year will be to bridge any gaps arising from school closure, we intend to do this in relation to swimming and targeting specific groups in order to maintain and hopefully improve the overall percentage of pupils reaching 25m by the end of Year 6. Also we aim to improve the provision of lunchtime supervised activities and the development of leaders within the primary years to drive this initiative forwards. We intend to do this through improving the equipment available during social times, and attendance at local training for a legacy challenge in order to train and develop leadership skills amongst our pupils.

The improved lunchtime/social time provision will enable us to engage the less active pupils and develop a greater understanding of leading a healthy and active lifestyle among our pupils. In addition, we will be able to effectively target pupil groups as necessary.

However, we know we have already had a significant impact in a number of areas:

  1. There has been an increase in the range of opportunities offered to pupils.  The following sports were not previously offered:
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining
  1. These sports were offered previously but the age range has been widened.
  • Athletics (indoor and outdoor now offered in years 1 - 6)
  • Water polo (now offered to years 5 and 6)
  • Netball – High Five (now offered to years 4 - 6)
  • Football (now offered to years 4-6)
  1. This has led to an increase in the number of pupils attending after school clubs (60% of KS2 pupils are engaged in an activity relating to sport/health/fitness per week; this was prior to school closure).  Clubs include :
  • Multi Skills
  • Fun Splash, Swimming Improvement Classes, Gifted and Talented Swimming
  • Football
  • Netball (High Five)
  • Drama
  • Cricket
  1. There is already a significant increase in the percentage of Primary pupils participating in competitive sport.  This has been through participation in :
  • Intra School Multi Skills Competitions in Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3,4,5 and 6 Football competitions (intra and inter school)
  1. All Primary pupils participate in Physical Education lessons on a regular basis with a notable decrease in non-participation.  This has been through the impact of high quality first teaching and the provision of kit for participation.
  2. Links with Positive Futures and 2Active have supported the drive to increase the numbers of pupils participating in physical activity both in and after school.
  3. There are a large number of students receiving distance badges from swimming and meeting the 25m target set by the government. Current data shows that 72% of pupils are able to swim 25m in Year 6.  In addition to the teaching of swimming, the funding has ensured that the provision for swimming at The Academy is above and beyond the minimum requirement. It has enabled targeted intervention and support through the running of Improvement Classes, Fun Splash (water confidence), Gifted and Talented Classes and the organisation of Intra and Inter School Galas to increase participation in competitive swimming. All swimming is provided at the Academy by an ASA swimming teacher.
  4. Positive attitudes from pupils towards involvement in sport; increasing pupil health and well-being.  This has been evident through attitude to learning grades, celebration assemblies (which celebrate both success through sports participated in school and those outside school such as cycling, dance and gymnastics)
  5. The development of substantial and sustainable resources across a wide range of topics and physical activities, allowing the delivery of engaging and challenging lessons. This has been particularly effective in the delivery of multi skills to Key Stage 1 and the provision of a wider range of extracurricular opportunities.
  6. Existing staff have attended training courses in primary athletics, trampolining and gymnastics and girls football to enable them to teach Physical Education and Sport more effectively.

Primary Physical Education Curriculum Offer

The Primary Curriculum is taught through a multi skills approach in KS1, and a specific sport/gender focus in the later stages of KS2; whilst focusing on different elements of Physical Education, for example ball skills and teamwork.

Priorities for 2021-22

  1. To develop lunchtime and social time provision
  2. To continue to develop the attendance at after school PE and sports clubs
  3. To train pupils to lead each other in activities to promote healthy, active lifestyles
  4. To maintain Gold School Games Mark
  5. To increase participation in PE and develop roles for non-participants in line with other sporting opportunities.