PE and Sports Premium Grant at Our Lady of Lourdes
At Our Lady of Lourdes we are committed to providing high quality PE teaching and learning because we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and many sporting extra-curricular opportunities and competition have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude, academic achievement and life skills of all our children. Relevant documents about the use of our DfE Sports Premium can be found at the bottom of this information page. You can also see our PE overview on the Curriculum Pages of the website.
These sporting experiences provide a vital contribution to a pupil’s physical, mental, moral and social development. Physical Education and Sport is for all, we endeavour to give all our pupils, irrespective of their academic or physical ability, the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a balanced programme of activities.
We believe that Physical Education and involvement in sport can, and should promote a wide variety of personal skills, competences and qualities such as perseverance, enthusiasm, enjoyment, tolerance, respect, fairness and reliability. Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development.
Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Therefore both teachers and children should be aware of its importance. We provide the broad and balanced programme of physical education we believe every child should have; with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged. The range of competitive and non-competitive physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education.
This premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils and to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
The Government does not tell schools how to spend this money but does make some suggestions about the best ways to meet the aims of the grant:
“Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
The funding must also be carefully spent so that all children benefit, regardless of their interests, performance or sporting ability; in addition, most able children are appropriately challenged and given the opportunities to compete in competitions and tournaments and that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development within this key area of pupil development.
Schools are accountable for how they have spent this funding and must publish information about their use of the premium on their website by April each year. Schools should publish:
The government have pledged £150 million per year for the next 3 years to support PE and Sports in primary schools. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and Sport. In the 2016 budget George Osborne announced that the sugar tax on soft drinks will be used to fund sport in schools as part of the 2016 budget. As a result, the money raised from this tax will be used to double the primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million a year. This is due to come in to force in 2018.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we have established purposeful links with outside professional agencies, provided a range of extra-curricular PE and sport activities and designed our curriculum delivery to ensure our children are provided with the best possible physical education experiences, with particular regard to the Government’s five key indicators noted below:
Our Aims for Physical Education at OLOL
Using movement as a medium for learning and expression, physical education plays an integral part of our school curriculum. Through participation and observation children learn about their own bodies and discover their physical potential. Further to this our central aims are to:
Team Selection at OLOL
When we are choosing sporting teams to represent the school we ensure that a range of children are selected but we expect to see the following if children wish to be selected:
In addition, children who wish to represent the school outside must also be doing so inside and children who are on any behaviour report or contract will not be eligible for team selection while this is the case – we do not want children to feel that good sporting attitude is in any way different to a good learning or conduct attitude.
Here at Our Lady of Lourdes we have a long and much celebrated history of playing sport. This funding has allowed us to develop and enhance this provision.