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Radford Primary Academy Sports Funding 2017 / 2018

At Radford we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children. 

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions. 

Primary School’s Sports Funding 

See the Department of Education's Primary School’s Sports Funding page for further information

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic year 2016/17 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. In 2017 / 2018 there is additional funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years. This is £8870 at Radford. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. 

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses of the funding include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits

At Radford Primary we receive £8870 a year for funding sports. This money goes towards funding a specialist sports teacher to provide first class sports teaching:

  • Good quality teaching and learning of PE and Sport
  • Coaching staff to improve provision and ensuring sustainability of quality of provision
  • Expanding the children’s range of experiences
  • Developing competitive sport with other local schools
  • Develop sports leaders of the future. Pupils from within our Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust are work with the children of Radford to develop their sports leadership qualification
  • Pupils on FSM are entitled to subsidised activities to ensure equality of opportunity

In 2017 / 2018 it is our intention to use the additional funding, with a contribution from the school budget, to purchase outside play equipment to support the development of children’s gross motor skills.