What is School Sports Premium Grant?
The School Sports Premium Grant is additional funding from the Government to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. It is also for improving the health and wellbeing of primary pupils.
How much is the Sports Premium Grant?
Allocations for the academic year 2017/18 are calculated using the number of pupils in Years 1 to 6 and those age 5 in Reception, as recorded at the January Census as follows:
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 x2 plus £5 per eligible pupil; and
Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per eligible pupil.
At Hollywell, we have received £17,750 for the academic year 2017-18.
After an intial audit of school needs, a School Sports Premium Action Plan was constructed. This included a set of priorities for the School Sports Premium Grant upto the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Click here to view this working document.
What Happened Last Year?
Last year our action plan built on the impact already seen in from the increased provision and positive attitudes to swimming within the school by again funding swimming for all year groups starting at year 2 . We will also continue to provide a wide range of after school activities for all pupils, with a particular focus on engaging pupils within KS1. We will also be using the funding for the ongoing Continued Professional Development of both staff needs within the curriculum and those outside of the curriculum to aid the delivery of extra curricular clubs.
How has the School Sports Funding been used so far and what has been the impact?
As in the previous year, £2372 of the SSP funding went towards additional swimming allocation time and extra swimming instructors for the whole school with again the bulk of this making up the swimming tuition of KS1 pupils who would not normally have it, addionally it again provided extra swimming time allocation above and beyond that currently existing, thus allowing the teaching of additional curricular based activities such as life saving, water confidence sessions (SEN based) and games based water activities (water polo).
The impact of this funding was once more evident with an amazing attitudes to swimming from our children; evident in many report comments from pupils who found these sessions particularly enjoyable in light of its new content and greater depth due to increased time in the water. Furthermore the impact of this diverse approach became even more evident this year with an amazing 100% of pupils leaving Hollywell school able to swim 25m or more 'unaided and confidently'. This was our highest percentage to date was a clear indication of the sustainable lasting impact of this strand of funding over the last three years and how the change in attitudes and confidence have had a positive impact upon basic curriculum requirements. Additionally, after collaboration with the Nottinghamshire County Council Schools Swimming organisers, we will also be beginning a new curriculum for our school swimming in 2016/17 that will firmly go beyond the mandatory 25m criteria in the national curriculum and instead follow more challenging stages that build on the additional funding activities provided within the last 3 years for years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6!
This year the school focused its main funding (£4775) on ensuring that the overall health and well being of its pupils improved through the continued used of the SSP funding. To do this, we worked in close partnership with Premier Sports to establish baseline fitness tests for all of the pupils within the school. This test was then analysed and target groups of children (e.g. girls/boys or year groups) were identified based on those fitness levels in comparison with other year groups and existing data from Premier Sports used in other like schools. Following this, and after our 2015/15 Sports Crew had conducted their own Audit of children's activity preferences, a careful plan of after school provision and a half term competition calendar was put in place. Additionally the teaching cover needed to allow the monthly release of the PE coordinator to organise and run a whole school Fun Fit session was also factored into this costing.
Here is a list of the wealth of additional activities and competitions that our children participated in during 2015/16:
As a direct result of the funding used, the overall fitness levels of KS1 children and boys in the school significantly rose compared with initial baseline testing (see data graphs below) and the overall completion rate and distances were consistently higher than like schools. Additionally pupils within the school achieved greater than 65% participation within after school activities and provided a wide enough range of activities for boys and girls in KS2 to be awarded the prestigious Siansbury's GOLD School Games Mark for this year (see below for full award criteria).
to impact on the wider curriculum sport was used as a catalyst for improving attendance and punctuality of groups of pupils in 2015/16 through the implementation of a breakfast activity club during the Autumn term at a cost of £682.
the attendance levels of the whole school increased by 1.4% based on the previous year largely due to the improved attendance of identified pupil groups who were attending the breakfast club. Teacher consultations also indicated an ''increased alertness' amongst these pupil groups during this period also which had a positive effect upon their learning.
The remaining funds were used to buy two new netball posts and netball equipment for the after school activity (£222.75); gymnastics mats to allow performance pieces in large group; and gymnastic badges to recognise pupil achievement through BGA stages (£446).
As set out in the School Sports Premium Action plan, the main areas for development this academic year were as follows:
In order to achieve these aims, the spending for this year was as follows: