We receive PE and Sports funding for pupils in Years 1 - 6 based on the January Census. The amount received is a one off payment of £8000 plus £5 per pupil.
The effect of the premium on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment:
In previous years, PE has been taught by teacher's who lack confidence in Sport/PE. This is largely reflective of the attitude of NQT's, who state that little time is dedicated to this area in their training. By employing a Sports Coach, the quality of lessons the children receive has significantly improved. Not only do they learn and develop physical skills but also receive specific education on the workings of the body and the importance/effect of exercise. Physical education is made fun, through a variety of activities focused on developing co-ordination, fitness, stamina, speed and skills. The delivery of lessons is enthusiastic and confident, which has impacted the children's attitude to PE. They are engaged, committed and active. Their own self-confidence, as well as their physical ability, can be seen developing throughout each school year.
Long gone are the days when children would accidentally 'forget' their PE kit!
How we will make sure these improvements are sustainable:
The monitoring of lessons delivered by the Sports Coach is key to sustainability. The benefits of employing a qualified specialist are two-fold. Firstly, the children receive improved teaching which has a more positive impact on individual's learning, progress and attainment. Secondly, the teachers - who are always present during lessons - observe a range of lessons from which they themselves can learn. Therefore, if the need arose to teach PE again themselves, they would feel more confident in doing so.
The Sports Coach therefore has dual responsibility to both pupil's and teachers, to provide the highest quality of lessons. The PE manager, teachers and Headteacher of the school monitor the delivery and quality of lessons accordingly, to ensure that the National Curriculum expectations are met and that the children are thriving.
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