At Westwood, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
Our PE and Sports Premium enables us to continue and extend our provision through providing access to free clubs to increase participation through reducing barriers to access, employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions. We have also prioritised increasing participation by using our funding for free clubs in the activities identified by pupils as their favourites, to ensure high uptake of quality sport and active lifestyle, setting active patterns for our pupils that will hopefully stay with them for life.
What is the PE and Sports Premium?
The government provides funding for schools to improve the quality of PE and Sports. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses of the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE;
- New or additional sport clubs;
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport;
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport;
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games;
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport;
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs.
Copies of this year and previous PE and Sports Premium Statements can be found on the links below:
Paper copies of information and policies are available on request, for free, from the school office.
Our collaboration with Castle Point and Rochford School Sport Partnership.
By investing a portion of the Primary PE and Sport funding in working in partnership and collaboration with The Deanes through the Castle Point and Rochford School Sport Partnership to access a variety of services to benefit students and staff of the school. This allows us to be part of an infrastructure of 50 schools benefitting from guidance and development around high quality physical education, increasing the range and breadth of ‘School Sport’ opportunities and educating young people regarding healthy and active lifestyles.
In addition to our investment into the ‘Basic’ membership services provided through the School Sport Partnership, we have also bought further support through ‘Enhanced’ membership. This is a bespoke annual plan tailored to suit the specific needs of our school.
Our school is continuing to invest heavily in the delivery of high quality physical education. We continue to work with the Castle Point and Rochford School Sport Partnership team to maximise the impact of this funding by ensuring every child benefits from at least 1 hour of curriculum delivery form a PE specialist practitioner.
This allows us to adjust our focus throughout the year, ensuring variety and breadth in our offer. It also provides continuous professional development for our own teaching staff who work alongside these practitioners.
We are also providing additional extra-curricular sporting opportunities funded through Sport Premium provision, contributing to a full and comprehensive School Sport offer.
Please click the link below to find out more about the partnership.