Primary School Sports Funding
The Physical Education and Sport premium is designed to help primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sports activities they offer their pupils. Schools receive PE and sport premium from the government based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
The funding for St Mark’s Primary School is £16,530 for the academic year 2019-2020.
The school is a member of the West Lancashire Sport Partnership. This partnership provides a comprehensive, flexible and responsive service that supports the development and delivery of Physical Education and School Sport in an effective and professional manner.
Some of the funding is used for the delivery of PE and sport from qualified sports coaches for 1.5 days each week (38 weeks of delivery) at a cost of £9030. Each half term the school accesses two different School Sports Specialists who deliver their specialist area of the National Curriculum. The areas that the school receive support include Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion Games, Striking and Fielding, Athletics and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. The specialists plan all curriculum sessions to meet the needs of all the pupils from nursery to year 6 and assess the pupils against the core tasks within the Lancashire Scheme of Work. The School Sport Specialists not only add to the PE and sports activities that the school already offers but deliver lunchtime and after school clubs.
The school is using £2700 of the funding to engage in the Forest School Programme. Forest Schools provide opportunities for young people to explore their creativity and develop confidence, resilience and curiosity through hands-on experiences in a natural environment with trees. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has planned, designed and constructed an outdoor learning and teaching area in the school environment. The Forest School activity sessions will be delivered one day a week for nine weeks in both the Autumn and Summer Terms by a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner provided by West Lancashire Sport Partnership.
The school is using £950 of the funding for a member of the school staff to complete the Level 3 Forest School training course.
The remaining £3850 has been used towards employing a Level 3 teaching assistant to provide and deliver physical activities during lunchtimes and before the start of the school day each morning to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
In addition to the provision provided by sports specialists the school has access to a range of services/opportunities delivered by the partnership
Such services/opportunities include
Impact on Pupils
fund these sessions, the cost is met through the school budget. However the delivery of high quality PE and sports teaching has had an impact on the standards achieved by the children in swimming.