PE Funding Page

PE Funding

There is an initiative where the government provides additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.

At Middleham, this additional funding provides us with many different opportunities to improve the provision of our Sport and PE for our children. We already provide many different activities and opportunities for the children to take part in, such as cluster sports events like Cross country, girls, boys and mixed football, KS1 multiskills etc.We have also used some of our PE grant to fund the installation of our Tyre Play Park and have already seen the children improving in their balance and core strength skills. 

How our funding is spent and the impact it had:

We were granted £8,245 for the financial year 2014/15. 

Based on the success of the previous year when we employed Mr. Adams as a sports coach (who then moved away from the area) we employed Mrs. Amy Postlethwaite who was also an independent sports coach. We allocated some money towards funding transport to enable our children to travel to the various PE events around the local area, and some funding for keeping our equipment up to date and in good condition. 

In our inspection report in July 2014, the inspector commented that “the school spends its primary school sport funding wisely.” 

We were granted £8,245 for the financial year 2015/16.

Mrs. Postlethwaite left us at the end of the Summer 2015 to pursue her gymnastic coaching, so we started the new academic year by employing Mr. Chris Bullock. Chris is an independent Sporting Coach who is working in other Cluster schools in Lower Wensleydale and is providing the same high level of teaching throughout the area. In addition, we spent some of the funding on transportation and keeping our own equipment up to date. Some funding has been spent on developing Play Leaders and equipping them for this role. We purchased resources including basketball hoops and we had new playground markings to encourage active play.  This helped us to achieve the Sainsbury's School Games Silver Award in October 2015. 

Within the Cluster Sports in 2015/16 we got through to the semi finals in the Boys football; we came second in the hockey finals and the Kwik Cricket; we were second in the Netball (and went onto the Level 3 competition) and our KS1 children won the fun run. We are very proud of how well the children are doing and what excellent sportsmen and women they are turning into. 

In October 2015 our school was awarded the Silver Mark for the Sainsbury's School Games Award. In October 2016 we were again awarded the Silver Mark, maintaining the standard set. 

The Ofsted report of June 2016 said "additional government funding to promote physical education and sport is being used successfully to promote pupils' well-being. A sports coach is being used effectively to demonstrate high quality provision, and the 'play leaders' have been trained to encourage pupils to participate in physical activity during break and lunchtimes. Pupils are now more able and willing to participate in a range of competitions and festivals, and talk of their successes with gusto."

We anticipated that we will be granted £8,224 for the financial year 2016/17.  

How we will use our funding in 2016/17 to improve PE and sport:

Mr Bullock will continue teaching alongside Mrs. Roberts (one of our Teaching Assistants) who is currently our PE Subject Leader, where she assists in lessons, collates annotated plans and photographs the children in action. Mr Bullock will teach PE lessons regularly, and through his teaching, he will encourage the children to challenge themselves and make PE a fun lesson for everyone.

He will also run a variety of clubs, both during lunchtime (so our bus children can take advantage of them) and after school. He will adapt the clubs according to the requirements of the children and the staff.

In addition to this, we envisage that the funding will be spent in the following way:

- to enable children to travel to sporting events 

- to update PE equipment

- to provide additional resources in consultation with the School Council

- to have the opportunity to attend a sports activity day at a local sports centre   

Cluster Events Click here to see the events that will be taking place this year within the Wensleydale Small Schools Cluster.