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Funding for PE and Sport at St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School

What is the funding for PE and Sport?

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. As a school, St Austin’s will receive about £9,000 for 2015/16

How is it being used?

After much deliberation, it was decided that the Funding for PE and Sport would be best utilised by spending it in order to enhance teacher confidence. We felt that the best way to do this would be to utilise specialist sports coaches to deliver a large portion of the PE curriculum across all year groups in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We have arranged for an external professional to provide PE for 2 days per week ensuring that all children receive one coached PE session per week.

The cost of this is: £7500

The PE Department from BWH have been employed to arrange a wide range of sporting opportunities, coaching and tournaments/festivals across the school, throughout the year. E.g. Virtual Tri golf festival, Year 1 multi-sports, Indoor athletics, Football and High 5 tournament, Tag rugby and many other opportunities.

The cost of this is: £500 per annum

Purchasing new PE resources to extend range of sports taught

The cost of this is: £2500

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How will St Austin’s benefit from the coaches?

Clearly, these coaches are not to be used for cover, but to support the teacher in delivering lessons. The units will then be ‘team-taught’, leaving the teacher with improved confidence to enable them to teach the units independently to a high standard. In this way, we should achieve sustainable impact on the teaching and learning of PE at St Austin’s.

To ensure that teachers gain from the introduction of coaches, they have been asked to make notes after each PE lesson about what they would find useful for future delivery (whether this be about organisation of activities, stretching individuals or groups or something else they wouldn’t have thought to include in the lesson). These notes, alongside the planning, should form very useful reference for future use.

Whilst improving the confidence of teachers, it is also important that, as a school, we are aware of national shortfalls in the teaching of PE. After scrutinising our practice and comparing it to the findings in the Ofsted document ‘Beyond 2012 – Outstanding Physical Education for All’, we have decided upon three focuses for St Austin’s.

These are:

  • Challenging the more able pupils
  • Use of ICT in PE
  • Assessment of children in PE

The coaches have been made aware of these focuses and the teachers will also be noting down each week how, or if, these focuses are met – this will allow us to monitor the effectiveness of the coaches and the impact against our whole school focuses.

Proposed impact:

Our PE co-ordinator will closely monitor the delivery of PE by the specialist coaches; while liaising closely with the coaches and class teachers to ensure provision is personalised for our pupils’ needs. Pupils, teachers and coaches are also interviewed in order we can identify what works well for our school and any developmental points