Here at Rustington Community Primary School we have a strong culture of sports, enjoying our 2 hours of timetabled PE lessons each week, as well as participating in many of the various local inter-school competitions. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs too – Fencing, Football, Cricket, Cheerleading, Zumba, Dance, Gymnastics, Netball, Tennis and Tag Rugby.
What is Sports Premium?
The government provides additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on provision of PE and sport but schools will have the freedom to choose how they do this. We have been allocated approximately £9500 (£8000 as standard and £5 per pupil aged 5 and over) through the Sports Premium funding. After careful consideration it was decided that the funds should be spent in the following long lasting, sustainable areas:
– Funding a specialist sports coach from our local INSPIRE Leisure team to work alongside teachers to ‘team teach’ for half a term at a time to model quality PE teaching throughout the year. This is aimed to develop the teaching skills, knowledge and confidence of all our teachers in PE.
– Funding for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in aspects of PE for various staff members, and subsequent release time from class to disseminate training to other RCPS staff.
– To pay for extra-curricular sports clubs to provide opportunities for children to access different sports, for example our ‘Rock Challenge’ project.
– To ensure we can compete in inter- and intra- school competitions by joining with other Littlehampton Locality Primary Schools in securing the service of The Littlehampton Academy’s Secondary Sports Coordinator. This includes the opportunities for many children to attend additional sporting clubs, festivals and tournaments.
Other aspects which we will have opportunities to look at through Sports Premium include:
• Monitoring the percentage of pupils that attend a PE or Sporting extra-curricular club, festival or competition and ensuring that opportunities are given to a wide range of pupils.
• Using local secondary school expertise and providing pupils who are gifted and talented in sports with expert and intensive training.
• Releasing staff to attend future CPD courses such as The Primary PE Conference and Working towards Outstanding PE Lessons to develop further skills and knowledge. Feedback on these will be given to all staff members so that the impact can be school wide.
• Providing PALs (Playground Activity Leaders) training for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at lunchtimes.
• Establishing a shared enjoyment by all for PE and Sports by engaging pupils in whole school sporting events such as the annual Sports Days and other national events such as Sports Relief and National School Sports Week.
• Paying a subsidy for transport, pool hire and instruction by qualified coaches for ‘top-up’ swimming lessons for Year 6.
• Working towards achieving the Bronze Kitemark Award by releasing staff to measure the opportunities, involvement, impact and enjoyment of pupils throughout the school year.