£150 million for Primary School Sport in England – A Response and Support from School Sport Nottingham

Nottingham Head teachers briefing

‘Olympic Legacy Boost’ -The Announcement

As many of you will know, on Saturday, the Prime Minister announced additional government funding to support PE and Sport provision in Primary Schools as a part of the Olympic Legacy.

In summary: 

Each Primary School (that has 17 or more pupils) will receive £8,000 pounds plus an additional £5 per pupil.
The funding will go direct to schools and it will be up to schools to decide how best to spend the funding.
National Governing Bodies for Sport will be increasing their specialist coaching and skill development for Primary schools.
Although head teachers will decide how to spend the money OfSTED will be extending their inspection regime to ensure the funding ‘brings the maximum benefit for all pupils, with schools being held to account for how they spend their money.’
There will be increased provision to develop PE specialism as part of ITT.
The funding is highlighted as being ‘ring-fenced’ and could include expenditure on specialist PE and sport teaching, Change4Life sport clubs, after school activities and ‘weekend competitions’

This announcement sits alongside the National Curriculum Framework consultation, underway at the moment. The proposals place PE as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum and there is an increased emphasis on competition, team sports and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities as well as the requirement that all young people should be taught to swim. OfSTED will be asked to ensure that the PE curriculum and school sports provision is displayed on the schools’ website.

In Nottingham we are in an excellent position to support schools in the delivery of this programme.

School Sport Nottingham –We already have a strong lead on the City in terms of supporting schools in the delivery of PE and Sport. In 2011 both Ellis Guilford School and Farnborough School had the foresight to combine funding that came direct to them for the provision of School Games Organisers. With this funding and additional contributions from the City Council and Public Health Nottingham we have maintained much of the old School Partnerships provision, helped by many City Secondary schools extending Teacher Release time for PE support in Primaries.

School Competitions – As you will be aware an extensive range of inter-school competitions were organised last year that covered 26 sports and included 5,000 pupils. As a result of this programme School Sport Nottingham won a regional award for their provision.

Change4Life Clubs, Healthy Lifestyle Clubs and Positive Play – All of these initiatives have been rolled out through School Sport Nottingham, having a body to co-ordinate this provision we have been able to bid for additional support to extend these programmes across the City.

School Swimming – We already have a strong school swimming programme and we have continued to work with Sport and Leisure to improve the quality of the programme. There is still scope for schools to extend their commitment to the programme with additional swimming.

Club Link Makers – With the support of City Sport and Leisure and the County Sports Partnership, School Sport Nottingham will be co-ordinating Sport England’s ‘Club Link Makers’ programme in the City. The aim is to ensure each secondary school is directly linked to a local sports club.

Supporting Primary Schools in the delivery of High Quality PE and School Sport

‘Get Active – Get Smart’ 2013 -2014 is our response to the Government announcement and is a package of support that we could provide across the City or tailor made for each school.

We would look to provide high quality PE teaching linked to the whole school curriculum, not just coaching in each school for 1-2 days per week
Support around the development of the PE curriculum
Support in developing more Change4Life Clubs to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for the least active
Access to a wide ranging inter-school sports competition programme
Monitoring and reports on school provision to satisfy OfSTED requirements
Access to specialist Sports delivery
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities support and provision including Newstead and Wollaton Camps, Orienteering festivals and Wet and Wildlife.
Extended School Swimming provision and swimming galas.
Priority access to additional programmes throughout the year e.g. Capital One Ice Skating and Capital One Urban Hockey in association with the National Ice Centre, NTU Sports Coaching, FA Skills, Key Steps Gymnastics etc

We will be developing this offer over the coming weeks and would like the opportunity to discuss our thoughts with you at a meeting at Ellis Guilford School on the 23rd April.

Session 1 – 14.30 - 15.30
Session 2 – 16.00 – 17.00

For further details and to book your place at one of the sessions, please click on the link: Briefing Session Booking Form

© School Sport Nottingham 2011

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