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Miles Coverdale Primary School

PE and Sports Premium

 The dedicated PE and Sports Premiuim was announced by the Government in March 2013 and schools began receiving funding in September 2013.  It is paid to schools in two instalments across the academic year and its purpose is to improve PE and sports provision in primary schools.  The funding can only be spent on PE and sports provision although schools have the freedom to choose how to spend it.

Funding for 2016-2017

The PE premium allocation for Miles Coverdale Primary School for 2016-2017 is £8,960.  The premium (received in two instalments in October and April) will enable Miles Coverdale pupils to become more involved in sporting and physical activities and their benefits.

How it will be used

We aim to increase the engagement of pupils of all ages in regular physical activity through activities such as the QPR Early Years Project in which a coach specialised in Early Years works alongside teachers and support staff to involve children from Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and the Language Unit in physical exercise and sports activities. Simultaneously, Miles Coverdale Staff, working alongside the coach, will be improving their own pedagogy in teaching PE to young children. The projected cost of this project is £1680.

We will encourage the involvement of the least active children by extending the range of school sports clubs to include specialist basketball and football coaching for specific age groups and genders. We will continue encouraging younger Key Stage 2 children to take part in sports clubs through the Year 3 and 4 football club run by White City Football Club coach, and also continue the Year 5 QPR football club and Key Stage 2 QPR basketball club.  The projected annual cost for these three clubs is £3135.

QPR Primary Stars Project will increase the skills and confidence of staff teaching PE through its mentoring scheme.  For one whole term, a QPR coach will work one full day a week and will provide some staff members with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively. With the same project, we also intend to support and encourage more pupils to take up sport through targeted clubs: Year 5/6 QPR Primary Stars Girls Only Football and Wednesday After Breakfast PE Club will both operate in addition to the variety of clubs already run by Miles Coverdale School staff. The projected cost of this project is £700.

We also aim to employ the specialist coach who runs our Year 5 QPR football club, in an independent capacity, to increase the skills and confidence of Miles Coverdale staff in teaching, planning and assessing PE. The coach will work alongside various teachers to deliver high quality PE sessions for two whole terms. The projected cost of this project is £2500.

The total cost of the activities outline above will be between £8015 to £8500.


How the Pupil Premium PE Funding has had a positive impact on the school community

The pupil premium budget has enabled our school to include more high-quality physical education in school. This has allowed us to tackle the issue of childhood obesity and to improve the fitness levels of our pupils. We have been able to reinforce our belief that sport is a fun activity for everybody to take part in regardless of ability or background. SEN children and children with behavioural issues have been specifically targeted and encouraged to participate in our Out of Hours School Learning Clubs. Last year, over 80% of Key Stage 2 children on the Special Educational Needs Register took part in clubs. All children taking part in clubs, not just those eligible for Pupil Premium or on the SEN Register, were very positive about participating in sports activities after school, and they attended regularly throughout the year. Social cohesion within the school community was definitely improved by the after-school club programme. Some children even said that they would otherwise be at home waiting for parents to get back from work. Questionnaires issued to some parents of after-school club attendees revealed that 90% of parents cited “improved confidence” as the main benefit of the clubs provided at Miles Coverdale. Improved confidence and oral communication skills among children were also noted by teachers. Overall, most children demonstrated improved confidence when participating in curriculum-time PE sessions because of their attendance at after-school clubs and their access to sessions led by specialist coaches from external agencies. In previous years, we hired qualified tennis coaches from London Sports Trust to work alongside teachers to develop their confidence in teaching tennis. All staff were very positive about the input of the London Sports Trust coach and his positive impact upon all children, not only in terms of the children’s increased physical skills but also in terms of their personal social health development. The teachers have now improved their confidence in teaching generic PE games as well as tennis skills, and we are now transitioning to a different project.


Ensuring these improvements are sustainable


This year’s project will focus on helping teachers’ planning and assessment of PE sessions, and will be multidisciplinary. An included area of focus, however, will be PE sessions based on improving ball skills within team games as this is still an area which staff have highlighted as being in need of development. Staff will continue to develop confidence in PE through continued collaboration with specialist coaches from organisations such as Queens Park FC, and children will continue to be encouraged to take part in sports. We also hope to liaise with Brackenbury Primary to run sports activities/sports competitions, in collaboration with other schools, in addition to the tournaments we already take part in. Early morning PE sessions for both parents and children will further raise the profile of PE in school and also convey the benefits of taking part in movement sessions at the start of the school day: it is hoped that the sessions will improve pupils’ concentration and readiness for learning, and also further improve attendance and punctuality figures.