PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of St Francis School and at least two hour sessions per week are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.
There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
In April 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) for physical education (PE), sport and physical activity to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at School, for two years. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is being allocated to all primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools.
In September 2017, the Government announced further funding (Sports Premium). Each school will now receive an additional payment of £16,000 [plus £10 per pupil] to improve the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
We are using the Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision in the following ways in 2017-18:
- buying into the Woodkirk Primary PE project to enable staff to work alongside Woodkirk Academy PE teachers to increase their skills and confidence when teaching PE
- buying into the Total Dance CPD program to enable all staff to work alongside specialist dance coaches to increase their skills and confidence when teaching dance.
- procuring quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE, sport and physical activity
- providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- supporting external sports coaches to run competitions, and to increase pupils’ participation in school games competitions
- buying into Active Schools to develop city wide initiatives in Leeds
- using the funding to support regular sport tournaments, festivals and competitions for pupils of all age
- buying new PE equipment to use in our lunch time zoned areas, which are designed to engage and inspire more children to take part in sporting activities.
The impact of the Sport Premium in 2016 -17:
During the year, our children have had access to more competitions and coaching than in previous years. The sports calendar for this academic year has been fuller than it has ever been. Our success at these competitions is also improving as our children become more committed to clubs and are developing their fitness and skills base.
The impact of having a specialist PE coach from Woodkirk Academy at school is apparent. Staff (and students on their teaching placements) have been able to work closely with the coach to learn how to teach a high quality lesson. Staff feedback has been very positive.
We have continued our programme of extra-curricular activities that pupils in all key stages have access to. They aim to develop fitness and create stronger sports teams, to help us improve at competitions.
The Sport Premium has been used to send staff on training courses to develop their PE knowledge and confidence. To develop the PE subject leader, we have sourced training to ensure we are up to date with changes to the PE curriculum and ensure we attend regular network meetings within Morley through the MSSA (Morley Schools’ Sports Association).
Registering to the Leeds PE and school sports initiative has enabled the school to access more competitions and sporting events that run across Leeds. The initiative has also enabled us to tap into the resources of professional sports clubs, such as Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United.
As we have participated in more inter school competitions, we have hired local community buses to take children to and from sporting events.
Sport Premium 2014-2015 - Sport premium grid 2014-15
Sport Premium 2015-2016 - Sport Premium grid 2015-16
Sport Premium 2016-2017 - Sport Premium grid 2016-17