Double sports funding for schools!!
The government is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year.
The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the department to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, we are working with other departments and agencies – including the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – to make sure children are healthy and active.
Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:
'We want to make sure all children have a healthy and active lifestyle and it’s vital that we encourage this in our classrooms. That’s why we have doubled the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million per year to improve the quality of PE and sport in our schools.'
Yattendon CE Primary School uses the statutory funding for sport in the following ways:
Affiliation to the West Berkshire Schools Sports Partnership
This has benefitted the school in a number of ways: training for staff is excellent; badminton, basketball and gymnastics sessions provided by coaches; the school takes part in a wide range of competitions from cross-country to football, orienteering and archery. The school has held the Sainsbury School Games Silver Award for three years.
The school employs Sports Coaches - Mr. Bint and Mr. Butler - for two afternoons to support staff understanding of PE and games. They come into school and run organised games for the different Key Stages. They also run after-school target, Multi-sports and football club. Mr. Bint also supports groups of pupils on a Friday in swimming, outdoor learning and delivering Occupational therapy programmes to develop physical skills. The school runs Inter-house Sports competitions throughout the year and an end of year Sports Day, a very successful event including a picnic, for parents, grandparents and the wider community.
Year 4 all have access to high quality swimming coaching for 8 weeks in the Autumn Term this year at The Down's School, which is our local feeder secondary school.
All of our Year 6 pupils meet the National Curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
We are affiliated with Newbury and District School's Netball Association and had huge success participating in the Schools tournament last year. Our two most talented boys will complete a masterclass at Marlston House to improve their skill level next week.