The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per year for academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Star Academy Sandyford.
All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.
The allocation that we received for the 2014/15 academic year was £8,705, with a similar amount due in 2015/16. Our Academy is a member of OPEN (Outstanding P.E Network) which is a group of schools and Academies in the Stoke-On-Trent area. Being a member of OPEN has enabled staff to engage in professional development opportunities such as gymnastics training, outstanding lesson in PE training which included planning modules for delivering lessons. The key priority for 2013/14 was to purchase the basic equipment needed to provide PE lessons within the academy. Now that this is in place, 70% of the 2014/15 allocation was spent on staff development in the core PE skills. This is to ensure self-sufficiency in the PE curriculum in future years.
Funds allocated for 2014/15:
OPEN network membership fee:- £1,500
Staff Training:- £5,850
External coaches for sports lessons:- £1,030
Transport to events:- £325
Sport Premium Allocation and impact statement for 15/16 can be found here:-