PE and Sport Grant
At St Thomas Aquinas School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the 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.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is continuing to provide funding for the academic year 2018-19 to provide new and substantial 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 head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Here at St Thomas Aquinas School that will mean we receive around £18,720 a year. 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.
Below is a list of how we used the Sports Premium during 2017/18.
We continued to employ a specialist PE teacher to come in one day a week. She worked with our NQT, alongside other teachers, giving them the opportunity to watch and learn.
Additionally, a specialist dance teacher was brought in for one half term to support some classes in choreographing and learning dance routines.
The use of specialist coach to deliver dance lessons to some KS2 children and the specialist teacher has seen a growth in staff confidence and skill set in the delivery of PE.
We have continued to invest in training staff to drive the shared minibus in order for more children to be able to participate in sports competitions during and after school. We are now able to transport the children in our school minibus to these events.
There has been an increase in participation in a number of sports. Children who would previously have been unable to attend after school events have taken part in a variety of competitions including badminton, basketball, tag rugby, cross country, athletics, tennis and football.
We continue to offer free swimming to our Year 4 pupils and have not had to ask for any parental contribution.
Most pupils achieve the National Requirement of 25 metres and are able to use a range of strokes effectively by the time they leave St Thomas Aquinas school. All children take part in self-rescue practice and most are able to self-rescue before they leave St Thomas Aquinas school.
Evidence of sustainability:
How we will spend funding in 2018-2019: