What is it?
The Sports Premium is an additional grant to primary schools to help them promote participation and excellence in sporting pursuits.
How much do we get?
The Sports Premium fund is driven by pupil numbers and in the academic year 2016 - 2017 we received £10,288. We anticipate a very slightly higher grant for 2017 - 2018.
How can the grant be it used?
The grant can be used in any way that the school chooses which will help to increase participation levels in sport, access to a range of sports and excellence in sporting achievement.
What are the needs of children at Martins Wood?
Following a review of our performance in local tournaments and leagues we decided that we were not spending enough time and energy coaching the children for league matches and tournaments. As the largest primary school in the area we have a bigger pool of talent to choose from and logic would suggest that we should therefore be highly placed in all events.
We had made use of Sports Apprentices, funded in part through this grant, for a number of years. They had worked very successfully alongside teachers but we decided that employing a coach with a deeper knowledge and understanding of physical development and the coaching of tactics and strategies would enable our children to perform at their very best level.
How was the grant used in 2016/17?
Since September 2015 we have employed a full-time Sports Coach. The coach works alongside teachers in lessons and leads a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Our first coach was so successful that he left us after one year to start teacher training and so a new coach took up the position in September 2016. In 2017 the sports premium grant is to be doubled, enabling us to employ two sports coaches.
What difference has the sports spending make?
The school has been highly placed in all competitive events. Children have enjoyed access to a wider range of sport and PE. The profile of PE has been raised in the school and a Local Authority Review (June 2016) praised PE provision and the children’s attitude to PE as outstanding.
How will the grant be used in 2017/18?
The school employs two sports coaches and the funding we receive in 2017 -2018 will make a contribution towards their salaries.
Longer term impact
We want to ensure the Sports Premium has a long term impact for our school. As well as providing coaching for our current pupils we know that our teachers are learning from working alongside our coaches, giving them increasing confidence in PE and games.