‘Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best of way using of the money.’ (GOV.UK)
The Headteachers at Hagbourne CE Primary School, Northbourne CE (A) Primary School and Long Wittenham CE Primary School have worked in partnership since 2013 supporting each other with many aspects of School Improvement.
We have a shared vision of using the PE Premium, we want it to have a lasting whole-school impact, even after the end of this additional funding. It was decided that in order for this to happen, the PE Premium needed to be spent on sustained, high-quality professional development for all teaching staff.
The Governors at each school agreed to combine each school’s funding and use this to employ a full-time PE Specialist Teacher. The PE Specialist Teacher will spend time working in each of the schools each week (2 days at Northbourne, 2 at Hagbourne and 1 at Long Wittenham, in line with the number of pupils on roll and number of staff in each school). Combining the money in this way has a number of advantages over working as 3 individual schools:
- The combined funding (£8309 for Hagbourne) will cover a full-time salary to attract a wider field of well-qualified applicants rather than 3 separate part-time roles
- The combined funding will cover the vast majority of a qualified teacher’s salary; this would ensure the person appointed would have credibility with teaching staff when working alongside them
- A role across 3 schools gives rise to exciting opportunities for developing sporting links and additional opportunities for inter-school tournaments and competitions
- In keeping with these aims, the role of PE Specialist Teacher has the main aim of contributing to teaching, planning, leadership and staff professional development of high quality PE and sport across the partnership of three schools through working with teachers to plan, teach and evaluate PE and sport lessons. In practice, this involves team-teaching with class teachers to plan, deliver and assess sequences of PE lessons. Dan Pear, a secondary-trained PE teacher, was appointed to this role in November 2013.
- Headteachers and staff at each school are all very clear that this time is not additional non-contact time for teachers. Staff work with the PE Specialist Teacher to identify their areas for development at the start of a block of work, and these are then addressed through staff working with the PE Specialist Teacher throughout PE lessons.
- 2013-2014 Funding £9020, 2014-2015 Funding £8995
- PE curriculum map has been reviewed .
- During the March HMI visit the children were interviewed and they expressed an increased level of enjoyment in PE, saying they were happy that someone was focusing on sport across the school.
- Feedback from class teachers suggests that lessons are more active, motivating and with greater scope for pupils to work in small groups. This is having a positive impact on the amount of time pupils are actively involved in the lesson.
- Teachers have identified a range of benefits of working alongside Mr. Pear, including: developing confidence in using different equipment, higher expectations of what pupils can achieve in PE, how to provide instant verbal feedback in order to move the learning forward in the lesson and opportunities to think about how to structure lessons more effectively.
- Implement new curriculum plans, in line with the new National Curriculum, from September 2014.
- Train Year 6 to become Sports Leaders and co-ordinate the work of Y6 Sports Leaders at lunchtimes.
- Develop intra-school competition across a range of sports.
- Develop and implement an assessment system and more effective identification methods for pupils gifted and talented in PE and sport.
- Develop library of up-to-date planning and assessment resources to support further development of best practice.
- Investigate and develop local links with, for example, sports clubs and other local organisations; ensure school is registered with relevant national bodies including, for example, Youth Sport Trust.