Sports Funding 2017

National Context:

The government has provided additional funding since 2013 to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. The funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Purpose of Funding:

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport. However, they have the freedom to choose how they do this, within certain constraints.

Our Vision at Bisley Blue Coat School:

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to develop physically, emotionally and socially through a range of activities that support, challenge and enhance their whole development. Our aim is to develop the physical literacy of all our pupils and to make a real difference to their lives by helping them become healthy, active, confident learners. We believe this can be achieved through engagement with PE and sport. We have identified specific setting and small school issues with the aim of removing any barriers to opportunities and increasing participation in sport. In order to achieve our vision we have greatly expanded the range of activities on offer to our pupils, both within and beyond the school day. Evidence of this is as follows:

  • PE lessons - the school has a carefully planned curriculum for PE, games and dance with provision aimed at developing the physical literacy of all pupils. Lessons have been enhanced through the provision of new resources, staff training and playground markings. 
  • extra-curricular clubs offered, various clubs for different year groups. The range of clubs have included archery, athletics, basketball, boxercise, country dancing, cricket, cross country, fitness, football, handball, mini-tennis, multi-skills, tag rugby, ultimate frisbee and Zumba.
  • involvement with inter school competitions
  • Football – girls and boys
  • Cluster events - Sportshall Athletics, Quicksticks hockey, Cross Country, Indoor Football, Rounders, Mini Red Tennis, and Mini Olympics
  • School Games Events - Sportshall Athletics*, Quicksticks hockey, Cross Country*, Archery, Quad Kids, Mini Red Tennis, and Rounders*, Equestrian*. Project Ability Sports
  • Kwik Cricket Tournaments, organised by Gloucestershire Cricket Board - Year 6 and Under (runners up 2016),  Girls Only (runners up 2016), Year 4 and Under
  • Country Dancing Festival
  • District Competitions organised by Stroud District Primary Schools Sports Association (SDPSSA) - Tag rugby, athletics, football, rounders and Small Schools swimming gala
  • ?links with local and national sports clubs/associations – for example, Stroud Hockey Club, Frocester Cricket Club, Stroud Athletic Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Board and England Hockey
  • extending outdoor and adventurous activities including residential visits and Forest School activities
  • annual sports day with every child participating as part of a team throughout the day
  • joint sporting events with partner school, Oakridge Parochial School, with their pupils also invited to some sporting clubs
  • forging links with other, larger, local primary schools for workshops - for example, netball workshops
  • Making Up The Gap interventions, targeted at individuals and specific groups of children
  • Opportunities for Gifted and Talented, for example, netball
  • targeted provision for specific year groups or gender groups to encourage involvement in sporting activities and promote the benefits of exercise

The Sport and PE pages on the school website reflect much of this evidence, with latest details shown on the NEWS section of the current term.

Being a Church of England School, we promote our Christian values (for example, respect, trust, friendship, forgiveness) through PE and Sport and positively encourage all pupils to enjoy achieving together. Furthermore, we use PE and Sport as a way to develop SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) values within our school.

Impact of Actions So Far:

Following our Ofsted inspection in February 2015, the published report on the school states:

"The extra funding for sports has been used exceptionally well to expand the range of experiences open to pupils. The pupils were enthusiastic when they talked about the new opportunities available to them. In particular, they appreciate the matches and competitions in an exclusive range of sports."

Ways impact on funding has been shown:

  • pupils have developed positive attitudes to PE and believe it helps their learning in school, which is clearly shown by behaviour (for example, confidence, self-motivation, team ethics) and pupil voice
  • pupils recognise the link between exercise and health
  • pupils are competing in an increasingly wider range of sports and events
  • every pupil in Years 4, 5 and 6 has represented the school as a first team member during 2017, the number of children doing so in Year 3 is also increasing
  • increased participation in the wide range of sporting clubs and activities offered
  • strong links have been created with the local secondary school - pupils have used facilities/worked with specialist PE staff/young sports leaders. This has also helped our Year 6 pupils with their transition to secondary schools.
  • links are being forged with sporting clubs outside school so that pupils enthused by PE lessons, clubs and competitions may continue developing their sporting abilities
  • a Bisley Blue Coat sports charter has been created by the pupils, raising the profile of sport in school
  • pupils have achieved successes in Level 2 and Level 3 School Games events and also at District Athletics
  • curriculum planning ensures a full and broader coverage in the teaching of physical literacy through PE and games
  • staff have developed skill and knowledge through courses, also by working with coaches and observing lessons
  • targeted CPD training for staff aimed at delivery of specific sports, raising standard of delivery
  • quality and standard of PE lessons has been raised, resulting in pupils making greater progress
  • equipment and resources have been audited and new purchases made which have improved the breadth and quality of provision
  • links with families promoting sport, exercise and health
  • achieving Youth Sports Trust Silver quality mark
  • achieving School Games Bronze Mark

Funding Allocation:

The funding allocation for Bisley Blue Coat C of E Primary for 2014/15 was £8345, for 2015/16 was £8360 and for 2016/17 is £8360.

As a result of school self-evaluation and the impact of actions in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16, the school has identified the following actions for PE development in 2016/17.

Actions Points for PE and Sport Development 2016/17:

Ways to achieve action points:

Further improvement to quality of PE lessons to provide opportunities for all pupils to become physically literate

  • Specific time allocation for input by PE and Sports Coordinator
  • improved curriculum planning and assessment
  • specific focus on lower KS2 and KS1
  • improving the length of time children are active in lessons
  • continuing staff development needs, accessing all the training offered through SDPSSA membership (tag rugby, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis and rounders)
  • researching links to local, county and national sporting organisations and clubs to enhance learning and performance
  • replenishment of equipment and provision of new resources
  • purchase of Balanceability equipment and instructor training for KS1 teacher

Making Up The Gap interventions targeted at specific individuals and groups of children

  • Fizzy interventions for pupils
  • focused interventions provided through participation of PE Plus Scheme
  • extra support offered for some pupils during PE lessons

Provision for Gifted and Talented

  • additional opportunities provided through PE Plus Scheme
  • providing opportunities to extend during  PE lessons in specific sports
  • providing opportunities outside  school, for example netball
  • promoting local club links with parents

Providing broader range of extra-curricular clubs to interest and encourage a wider range of pupils to participate

  • PE Plus scheme to deliver boxercise, zumba, handball, ultimate frisbee, boys’ football and basketball
  • offer as wide a range of clubs as possible, based on facilities available
  • before-school clubs in terms 3 and 5
  • identifying participation rates and selecting opportunities to widen involvement

Provision of broader range of sporting opportunities in curriculum time

  • whole school Climbing Wall day in term 1
  • Participation in PE Plus scheme offering different range of activities

Enrichment for pupils by entering wider range of organised competitions providing further sporting opportunities within the district

  • entering Cluster Sports events offered by Thomas Keble School
  • entering as many School Games events as possible
  • funding all events entered
  • funding transport when necessary
  • girls' football promoted as new sport; use of female football coach as role model, provision and funding of separate football clubs for girls and boys in response to children’s requests
  • develop sporting links with larger primary school and partner school

Building family links, improving parental engagement and promoting sport, health and wellbeing

  • building on sporting vision motto and logo
  • parent questionnaire
  • investing time to frequently update Sport and PE pages on website to keep parents notified of news and celebrating sporting achievements
  • 'Yearbook' of events to be maintained including pupil voice
  • celebrating achievements; school representation in competitions highly valued and shown through presentation of specially created individual certificates
  • providing information about local clubs and promoting events so that children and families can continue and develop sport outside school
  • encouraging sharing achievements outside school with photos
  • planning towards school ‘Race for Life’, inviting Oakridge Parochial School to join

Purchase of new equipment and resources

  • annual equipment audit identifying refurbishments required and purchases made
  • Specific purchases aimed at targeted development areas :
    • balls (different sizes and types to cover wide range of needs)
    • football kit
    • team bibs
    • circular football goal
    • athletics resources
    • Focus on KS1 equipment, for example, basketball and netball trainer
    • Balanceability equipment for KS1
    • general resources (quoits, beanbags, squistles etc)

Introduction of lunchtime Games Leaders

  • PE Plus coach to train Year 5 pupils to run range of lunch time games
  • Games Leader kit
  • Games Leaders to find out class preferences for games

Promoting links between exercise and health

  • PE Plus scheme providing lessons about the body

Providing inspirational opportunities

  • Funding trip to ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at Bristol to watch England play West Indies

Profile of PE and sport being raised as a tool for school improvement and development

  • Specific sports time allocated to PE Coordinator
  • Youth Sports Trust membership and applying again for quality mark aiming to improve targeted areas from silver to gold standard
  • School Games Mark – using criteria as way to improve
  • using sport for working and achieving together
  • Pupil and staff questionnaires
  • Provision of clubs to encourage school attendance

Downloads of previous Sports Funding Statements can be found below.

File icon: pdf Sports Funding Statement 2015 [pdf 417KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Sports Funding Statement 2016 [pdf 451KB] Click to download