What is the Sports Premium?
The government provided funding of £320 million per annum for the academic years 2019/20 to provide new primary school sport funding. 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.
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Use of Funds at High Hazels Academy 2019-20
This year the junior school received £19,620 and the Nursery Infant School £17,780.
At High Hazels Academy we are committed to providing our pupils with the highest standard of PE and sports coaching. We work in collaboration with Sheffield Park Academy, our secondary feeder school.
We use the PE premium funding to develop an enhanced provision for PE and sport across our academy. We have employed a PE lead and sports coach. In addition we have offered two apprenticeships in sports leadership. These professionals have developed a scheme of work for PE which ensures that all pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning, and are given an opportunity to participate in inter school events and competitions. High Hazels Academy is driven to provide enrichment to all children, providing an opportunity to participate in a range of sports and activities including a residential experience in Y6 which includes outdoor and adventurous activities
In addition, money is used to provide pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 with additional blocks of swimming; ensuring as many pupils as possible can become water confident by the age of 10. The sports premium is further used to enhance the health aspect of PHSCE lessons by offering a range of lunchtime and after school clubs and activities such as running a daily mile - many of the clubs are sports based such as hockey, running, football and rugby.
Impact of Funding
2018/19 Sports shows a continued commitment, in the involvement of pupil premium children.
Alongside structured PE sessions we offered sport enrichment activities for junior and infant pupils. These were/are run in after school clubs and at lunchtimes. This enabled our pupils to be selected to represent our school in competitions, and enabled us as a school to monitor our pupil premium pupils and their involvement.
We worked hard to target our pupil premium children, ensuring all sessions were free and accessible to all, even Professional coaches that came into school offered their expertise for no fee, making secure access for all.
Some of the clubs on offer were; Athletics, Football, Running, Rugby, Hockey, Dance and Gym. Registers were taken and pupil premium children were selected and offered a place on these activities.
At the beginning of the year, as part of the school’s well-being project, we began with a taster week raising awareness of healthy lifestyles and sports activities. All pupils took part in 1km run, this took place every morning, (of that term) for 10 – 15mins, where the children would run, walk or jog for the time allowed. To give the sport some gravitas, a whole school sponsored run was introduced, raising money for The British Heart Foundation. All pupils took part.
As a result of the previous year’s participation, the school ensured more activities were added to meet the demand of pupil’s engagement. For example a running club started and has now become a firm favourite.
Participation levels have plateaued at, 76% for 2018/19. This is worked from the number of sessions run over a week, 15 different sporting sessions were run, either during lunchtimes or after school. (on average 30 pupils per session)
Showing that we are still committed in delivering the additional activities, this can be seen from the pupils who have been recognised in their sporting area. Some of our pupils were asked to trial for Professional sports, such as Y2 pupils being given free professional cricket coaching sessions, in school and then offered additional coaching with Yorkshire Cricket Club.
Please see here our swimming results for our Y6 cohort
Please see here the swimming results for 2018-2019 for our Y2, Y3 & Y4 cohort