Sports Funding Information

Primary School Funding for PE and Sport

In March 2013, the Government announced a two year, ring fenced funding deal for primary schools. The purpose of the funding is to improve PE and sport provision.  At Piddle Valley CE  First School this funding totals just under £8,375.00 for the academic year 2015 – 2016 based on the number of pupils in the school.  This funding is given to schools in separate payments over two terms.

 The Department for Education suggest in their initial guidance that, possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers  or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when  teaching PE;
  • new or additional Change4Life  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 Sainsbury’s School Games;
  • buying quality assured  professional development modules or materials for PE/sport;
  • providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.

With the new National Curriculum implemented from September 2014, we have been encouraging all our children and young people to take part in regular physical activity as part of the drive to improve the nation’s health and well being. The Department of Health through the four Chief Medical Officers produced the Physical Activity Guidance for the UK in 2011.The Guidance advises that we should all be participating in regular, moderately intense activity per day in order to increase life expectancy, cut down the number of coronary heart diseases and ultimately improve our personal health and well being.

The Government has targeted sports in schools so that the legacy of the Olympic games is not lost and so that our children benefit from increased knowledge and skills of the staff who teach them, in the opportunities available and with resources to support their learning and progress. The funding will be used in ways that will always have a direct relationship with the continuous drive towards high quality, consistent and outstanding learning and teaching.

Within DASP we have had PE at the heart of our pyramid of raising standards.  Funding from previous stream to strive for excellence has allowed us to pay for specialised PE advice and support, with trained adults leading in school training for staff, leading lessons for the children from which the staff learn and are then coached to implement themselves, to inter school competitions and events.  This has always been a tremendous strength and has also provided wonderful transition opportunities for children as they move onwards and upwards through our education system.

 As a school we have allocated approximately 50% of our school sports fund £4, 200.00 to maintaining our successful approach and to continue to employ Mr Levi Dailey (DASP Sports Co-ordinator).

He has extensive experience with all the DASP schools and will be sharing his experiences to all three of his Olympic Legacy Leaders to try to improve PE all around Dorchester.  He currently teaches children in Years 2,3, 4 and Year R, coaching the teaching staff in the process.  Levi also leads and transports children to inter school sporting events and tournaments.  He has provided CPD for our staff in both gymnastics and warm up / skills games and activities.

  In addition, Piddle Valley has pooled an additional £4,000.00 to employ Mr Levi Dailey to work with a smaller group of schools on a weekly basis.These schools are: Piddle Valley CE First School, St Mary’s Puddletown Middle School, Prince of Wales First School, Frome Valley, Broadmayne, Puddletown First and Cheselbourne First. 

In these weekly sessions Mr Dailey is able to coach staff in areas of PE that may not be a strength and to develop progression as children move from Reception up to Year 4.  Gymnastics and team games have been a focus this year with dance, floor work and apparatus skills in the Spring Term.  As the year continues there will be additional opportunities for inter school events and competitions for the younger children and also for those who demonstrate a real talent in a specific area.  

 The remaining funds will be used throughout the year to purchase new sports resources (goals, rackets, balls, ropes) so that class sets are available, storage (shed partly funded by the PTFA) for resources and a restock of sports equipment for playtime and lunchtime activities.

 These are our expectations:

  • Competency against the Teaching Standards;
  • Increased knowledge, understanding and skills;
  • Higher quality outcomes for children and young people;
  • Raised standards in PE and across the curriculum;
  • Improved PE and sport provision for ALL;
  • Improved collaboration across a family of schools.
  • Confidence

 Ultimately, children and young people will benefit from higher quality experiences in PE and sport well into the 21st century and beyond centralised funding.