The Sports Premium Funding – 2016-17
For the last 3 years, the Government has provided Primary schools with an additional grant for improving the participation and attainment of pupils in PE and Sports. At Wimbledon Chase Primary School, we were awarded £10,600 for the academic year 2015-2016 and will be awarded the same for 2016-17. This funding, which is ring fenced for investment in sport, is given directly to schools to use as they wish for improving the quality of sport and PE.
At Wimbledon Chase Primary School, we have always recognised the positive contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. Indeed, we have been awarded the Merton School Sports Partnership’s (MSSP) Gold Award for the past three years in recognition of the excellent standard of our PE provision. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children. We are also keen to ensure that we make the best use of our extensive playing fields and gymnasium, not only for children attending our school, but also for children within the Wimbledon Cluster of local Primary schools.
The Sports Premium has allowed us to provide a Sports Specialist to work alongside class teachers in the delivery of our PE curriculum. This ensures that all teachers constantly receive the latest guidance in how to deliver well organised and challenging PE lessons which have a positive impact on the children’s attainment in PE. It has also helped class teachers to develop their confidence and skills in teaching PE.
Having a Sports Specialist, working alongside our PE Coordinator, has also enabled us to further increase the number of extra-curricular clubs on offer at our school. The number of extra-curricular clubs involving physical activity has increased year on year since 2013. Over the course of the current academic year, we have provided the following clubs which offer the opportunity for children to participate in organised extra-curricular activities involving physical exercise: ballet, street dance, tag rugby, football, multiskills, contact rugby, basketball, benchball, hockey, netball, dodgeball, gymnastics, Kwik cricket, hard ball cricket, athletics, running, aikido, rounders, tennis and table tennis.
The Premium has also helped us to fund our membership of the MSSP (Merton Schools Sports Partnership) who organise numerous competitive sporting tournaments for our children to compete at local Cluster, Borough and regional events. Many of the cluster events take place at our school.
We have also joined up with other schools in our cluster to organise mini-tournaments to provide yet further opportunities for inter-school competitive sport for more children.
The Premium has also allowed us to fund Continuing Professional Development of our staff. Our Sports Specialist has now gained ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) Level 2 accreditation to add to his Rugby Football Union (RFU) coaching qualifications, and our PE Coordinator has gained Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 2 in the National Curriculum Training Programme (NCTP) which will enable us to provide in-house Top Up swimming coaching to our Year 6 children to help them reach the required attainment before leaving Key Stage 2.