Sports Premium 2
Sports Premium funding is a Department for Education initiative that builds on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to support and enhance primary school sport.
This year St. Cecilia’s will receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil as Sports Premium funding.
At St Cecilia’s we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. Our physical education curriculum aims to inspire all pupils to gain lifelong motivation to succeed and excel in sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and an active lifestyle. We provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values including discipline, teamwork, communication, endurance, ambition, fairness and respect.
Our school aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a broad and balanced range of relevant activities. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy body, and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness.
Four areas of provision
We have used the PE and sport premium to secure improvements in the following 4 key areas.
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity by:
- providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children in Sports, through additional lessons with coaches, during the school day and after-school clubs (which are provided free to students) (£10k)
- Participating in the Panathlon, encouraging a large number of children with special educational needs to do their best and compete against others with similar needs across London. (We came 2nd in 2022.) (£500)
- encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes through new equipment, revised staff timetables and the use of our Supremos. (£1k)
- establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sports clubs and activities - our children play in a number of leagues and tournaments across the school year, these are mostly offered to Upper KS2 pupils. (£4k)
- making additional swim classes for upper KS2 available, to ensure that all children can reach the minimum standard and for our wider school standard that as many children as possible can swim 100M. (£2k)
The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement by:
- actively encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support the delivery of sport and physical activity within the school (through the Sutton Supremo programme our Y6 pupils support younger students during play) (£1k)
- embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school through Bikability and the Scooter to School initiatives, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching
- providing staff with professional development, mentoring, appropriate training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils, we are a member of the Sutton Sports Partnership and all of our teachers have received training this term on the Merton Gymnastics programme. (£3k.)
- hiring qualified sports coaches and PE specialists to work alongside teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities offered to pupils - teachers should learn from coaches the necessary skills to be able to teach these new sports and physical activities effectively (Costed above)
Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils by:
- introducing a new range of sports and physical activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities through our sport coaches and residential programme (£3K)
- partnering with other schools to run sports and physical activities and clubs
- providing more and broadening the variety of extra-curricular physical activities after school in the 3 to 6pm window, delivered by the school or other local sports organisations
Increased participation in competitive sport by:
- increasing and actively encouraging pupils’ participation in borough sports, local tournaments and pan-London competitions
- Coaching the children in competitive sports and supporting them in swimming galas and other events.
We can see that these measures are having an impact on:
- The subject knowledge of teaching staff and the standard of PE lessons through improved staff training and the use of the Merton PE scheme.
- The range of sports that children experience, through our wider use of coaches and potential for attending events thanks to support with extra staffing costs.
- The inclusivity of our curriculum
- Breaktimes and lunchtimes, through new equipment and the guiding hand of our Supremo Student Leaders, children are having a better experience at lunch.
- The number of children attending sporting events.
We need to:
- Gain more sporting experiences for our younger pupils
- Extend sporting opportunities into sports which are not necessarily competitive, like running.
- Augment provision through new facilities and training across the site - basketball, table tennis, climbing, four square etc.