What is the Sports Premium?
The government provided funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Use of Funds at High Hazels Academy
At High Hazels Academy we are committed to providing our pupils with the highest standard of PE and sports coaching. We work in collaboration with Sheffield Park Academy, our secondary feeder school, including using their PE specialists to teach sessions and run enrichment sports clubs after school and at lunchtimes. We use the PE premium funding to employ high quality coaches from Sheffield Wednesday Football club to teach PE during PPA time to all pupils from FS2 to Year 6. These professionals also provide opportunities for enrichment clubs such as: dance clubs, rounders and athletics. In addition, money is used to provide pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 with blocks of swimming; ensuring all pupils are water confident by the age of 10. We have a PE lead who delivers and supports high quality PE sessions throughout school: her role also includes organising inter-school events and competitions.
Impact of Funding
2016/17 Sports shows an enormous increase in the involvement of pupil premium children.
Alongside structured PE sessions we offered sport enrichment activities for junior pupils. These were/are run in after school clubs and at lunchtimes. This enabled our pupils to be selected to represent our school in competitions, and enabled us as a school to monitor our pupil premium pupils and their involvement.
We worked hard to target our pupil premium children, ensuring All sessions were free and accessible to all, even Professional coaches that I asked into school were here for free, making secure access for All.
Some of the clubs on offer were; Athletics, Football, Running, Rugby, Hockey and Gym. Registers were taken and pupil premium children were selected and offered a place on these activities.
The sporting activities were slow to start, but towards the end of the year many more clubs were added to combat the numbers. For example, Running club started with 13 pupils, and at the end we had 2 additional sessions as we had 50+ pupils.
We raised attainment levels from 11% to 76% for 2016/17. This is worked from the number of sessions run over a week, 9 different sporting sessions were run either during lunchtimes or after school. (30 pupils per session)
Showing that we raised attainment for the additional activities, can be seen from the pupils who have been recognised in their sporting area. Some of our pupils were asked to trial for Professional sports, such as aY6 pupil was selected for the Rotherham Titans Rugby Trials as a winger – confirmed selection.
Continued Use of Grant (2017/18)
This year the junior school received £5000 and the Nursery Infant School £5000.
Using our Sports Premium for 2017/18 we have extended our partnership with Sheffield Wednesday for both Schools. This provides all of our children with high quality PE teaching every week, from fully qualified coaches, who deliver a range of sports, games and skills based learning. Our curriculum lead has ensured that the PE curriculum covers all necessary skills required, and that progression is evident from foundation stage through to Year 6. After an audit of resources, money was spent to replenish PE equipment to ensure high quality teaching continues. High Hazels Academy is driven to provide enrichment to all children, providing an opportunity to participate in a range of lunchtime and after school clubs - many of which are sports based such as hockey, running, football and rugby. Due to this many sports teams have been created and these have opportunities to compete in inter-school matches.