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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 2017 - 2018 we received £16,523. In 2018 - 2019 we anticipate a very similar amount.
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 2017/18?
Since September 2015 we have employed a full-time Sports Coaches. The coaches work alongside teachers in lessons and they lead a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We also use the funding to purchase support from Stevenage Borough Football Club who offer a range of sporting activities. In 2017 - 2018 every year group benefitted from such an activity led by coaches from the football club.
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. In our Ofsted inspection of November 2017 the school was praised for the way in which it uses the Sports Premium.
How will the grant be used in 2018/19?
The school employs two sports coaches and the funding we receive in 2018 -2019 will make a contribution towards their salaries. We will also be using the Sports Premium and other sources of funding to offer the children the opportunity to try non-traditional sports such as archery and fencing.
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.
The way in which our swimming programme works means that the last time the children are presented with the opportunity for school swimming lessons comes in Y5. For our last cohort of Y6 children this would have been in the spring of 2017. At this time,
There were a total of 85 pupils in the cohort at the time of the assessments but five of them were either not present for the final assessment or their parents had refused to permit them to participate in school swimming lessons.