The Sports Premium – What is it?
The Sports Premium is Government money designed to help young people do well in sports at school. The money is ring fenced to support schools in improving and developing sport. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 6.
The West Grantham Academy St John’s is a medium sized primary provision with over 370 pupils. It ranges from Nursery to Year 6. We have a two form entry in each year group to ensure smaller class sizes. We are situated in a deprived area of the small town of Grantham.
- 33% of pupils are registered for free school meals
- 2.1% of pupils in the academy are looked after children
- 58.5% of pupils in the academy have received free school meals in one or more of the previous six years (Ever 6)
- 1% of pupils in the academy are from service families
How much money does our academy get?
The West Grantham Academies Trust is expected to receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil in 2017/18. We have received sports funding for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
How is it spent?
We always think very carefully about the individual children who receive this money and how we can best use it to support them achieving their full potential and removing barriers to their education. The money can be spent on a wide variety of incentives, activities, enrichment, coaching, training and equipment. Please see the attached document to see how we intend to spend our funding.
At St John’s our sports premium grant is used to purchase a tailored package of support offered by Inspire+. They provide specialist coaches to upskill teaching staff as well as providing a wide range of provision for our children including Paralympic tasters and ambassador visits.
What difference has having Inspire+ in our school made?
All staff have continued to become upskilled in areas of PE identified in our continuing professional development plan.
We were able to benefit from specialist knowledge of Inspire+ coaches who deliver lessons to different year groups throughout the year.
Working with our Inspire+ coaches has meant that we have been able to implement the changes to the curriculum across all key stages. Children have been exposed to a wide range of PE activities including orienteering and team building games.
We have also been able to offer a greater range of after school sports clubs, utilising the skills of an Inspire+ coach directly impact on children’s provision.
Throughout the year coaches has facilitated focused professional discussion with staff and leaders which has been centred on school improvement.
What has been the main impact?
- Knowledge and skills gained by all teaching staff.
- There is now a greater variety of sporting contexts used within teaching sessions.
- There is now greater variety in provision of sporting clubs outside the school day
- Mentoring of identified children with coaches to develop confidence
How else could we use the sports premium funding to benefit the school in the future?
To ensure continued professional development in line with our school needs it is essential that we continue to work with the same primary PE specialists next academic year particularly to support new staff.
The PE specialists will be able to support our PE subject leader with assessment and continue the work planned for our school, working with the school teaching team to embed further the progress we have made this year.
Inspire+ Sports Leaders from St Hugh’s have been coached to support our students with PE.
ensuring improvements are sustainable
Coaches are observed by the teaching staff in order for them to have a wider variety of skills to deliver quality PE in the future.
How You Can Help?
How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a very big difference on how well they do at school. So we may spend money on activities that help keep you informed on how best to help.
If you would like to discuss Sports Premium further or would like to run a club please call in at the academy office to make an appointment.