Last year the government announced that it is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school head teachers. The money must be used to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport.
P.E. and school sport play a very important part in the life of the school. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, unity, co-operation and kindness for themselves and others.
In 2013-14 we received £8845 in PE and sports funding and this year we received £8855. The money is being spent on sports coach Elliot Favell and membership to the London PE and School Sports Network. Such is our commitment to high quality PE and Sports provision that we have spent more than our allocation. This is in part due to the generosity of the Parent Forum who have raised money for new sports equipment.
Cathedral School is committed to ensuring all our children enjoy sport and physical activity. We strive to build on the enthusiasm for PE that is felt by the whole school community and at the same time fully support the government’s ambition to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These ideas have formed part of our school development plan for the academic years 2012 – 13 and 2013-14, as we believe that sport should be an important part of our school as sporting excellence and participation go hand in hand with high academic standards. We also have a member of the Governing Body who is responsible for monitoring PE and sport in school.
We support pupil’s physical education in the following ways:
Elliot Favell is a qualified Sports Coach who works at our school two afternoons a week. He spends the lunch hour in the Key Stage 1 and 2 playgrounds playing team games with children on an informal basis. In the afternoons he works with one class per half term, team teaching PE with the class teacher. After school he runs sports clubs. He also works with children who have been identified as Gifted and Talented in PE. Both children and staff benefit from Elliot’s expertise and enthusiasm for PE. One child in Class 3 said, “Working with Elliot is really fun because he teaches us loads of different games. He’s a great PE teacher because he is really inspires us and he makes everything fun.” In addition Elliot trains the school football team and worked with the school to develop a new, skills based PE curriculum.
The school’s PE budget and donations from the school community ensure that we have a wide range of equipment for the children to use. Equipment is checked regularly to make sure that it is all in good working order, and anything in need of repair is fixed or updated. In recent times we have bought lots of exciting equipment, from small pieces like balls and ankle hoppers, to larger pieces like the exercise bikes and mats with money raised from the Bridge Walk organised by the Parent Forum.
It is not just during PE sessions that children at Cathedral School develop their sporting skills and fitness. At lunchtime children play games and use equipment with support staff. Children in Class 1 said, “We like playing hockey and tennis at lunchtime. You learn to do new things.” An increased number of activities in both playgrounds has led to a significant reduction in incidents.
After school enrichment activities
The school has increased the sports focused enrichment activities, that children can take part in after school. These currently include aerobics, yoga and games for both KS1 and KS2. The children are able to choose a new club each term.
Due to the Sports Premium, children from across the school have the opportunity to be involved in tournaments with other schools. This supports the development of the children’s sportsmanship and adds a competitive edge to their enjoyment of sport. We have had great success recently in different sports such as cricket, athletics and football!
London PE and School Sports Network
The London PE and School Sport Network, a not for profit organisation, has been established across Southwark since September 2011. Their mission is to inspire a generation to choose physical education and sport for life. They are currently providing the school with training for staff, opportunities for pupils to compete against other schools and curriculum development guidance.
Sports Day 2014
All classes worked on their athletic technique in the run up to Sports Day, which, For the first time was held at Burgess Park, which enabled pupils to take part in a wider range of events. Races included; relay races, javelin, egg and spoon, sack race, hurdles, long jump and 50m sprint. Parents and teachers were inspired by the children and had their own races too.
One parent commented, “Sports Day was absolutely fantastic. It was a great venue and clearly a lot of thought had gone into organising it. The children looked like they were really enjoying themselves and got a lot from the day. Thank you to the staff at Cathedral School for making sport an important focus but at the same time keeping it fun and enjoyable for all. “
SE1 on the ball
We are also developing our links with SE1 on the ball (formally known as Marlborough Community Sports) to make the most of the facilities on our doorstep.
The following document show the impact of PE and Sports Funding at Cathedral School: