At the beginning of September 2013, when the PE premium was introduced (£9,490), an audit was carried out amongst all teaching members of staff to determine their individual strengths and weaknesses when teaching PE. This allowed us to identify where we needed to put training in place, to enable teachers to gain greater confidence whilst delivering a high quality PE program for all children.
In the Autumn of 2013 and Spring of 2014, staff meetings were held to initially introduce the new National Curriculum, as well as develop teaching ideas for both indoor and outdoor games. The sessions enabled teaching staff to see a clear lesson in action, including: a warm-up, skills-based session, game scenario and plenary/reflection. It also gave staff the opportunity to share practice and discuss new ideas that could be implemented into the curriculum.
In the spring term of 2015, we used an outside organisation to deliver a gymnastics inset to enable staff to become more confident when teaching the subject. This included health and safety of equipment and what a lesson would look like in both KS1 and KS2, along with how it could progress across a six week period. We also received training in dance which was delivered to our staff by two specialist dance teachers at our neighbouring secondary school, Park Community, who also provided lesson planning and ideas from Year R to Year 6.
In the summer term of 2015 we used the funding to purchase the ‘Real PE’ schemes of work which is taught alongside gymnastics and dance to develop the children’s skills, balance, agility and co-ordination. The PE premium funding has allowed members of staff to be trained in the new initiative that is closely linked to the National Curriculum, focusing on physical, social and emotional aspects of PE. Schemes of work have been written which caters for children of all needs and abilities, along with those children who do not usually enjoy PE. It also allows them to peer assess their progress through a learning journey across the school.
The initial Pupil Premium money allowed us to give staff specific training to enable them to teach PE during curriculum time and improve existing facilities and equipment, which has led to new sports such as tag rugby and kwik cricket being introduced as an extra-curricular activity. Furthermore, it has allowed us to purchase new equipment for the Foundation stage and their newly built play area.
For the 2015-2016 academic year we received a grant of £9,801 in two separate payments (October 2015: £4,081 and April 2016: £5,720). We receive £8000 for the academic year with an additional £5 per pupil on role.
The money has been used predominantly to offer the children of Warren Park further opportunities to participate in sport and physical activities. CM Sports coaches, who were previously used to deliver PE lessons during curriculum time in the first phase of the PE pupil premium and offer training and support to school staff, are now used to run after school activities for the children (subsidised one hundred per cent using the pupil premium money).
CM Sports coaches spend three hours per week (one hour after school on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) with a different year group each half term providing every child the chance, regardless of ability, to play fun and enjoyable games to develop physically, socially and emotionally. Every child in each year group is invited to attend on a particular evening – free of charge.
This has enabled Warren Park as a school to improve the sporting opportunities and physical activity available for the children. These sessions run alongside sports teams, clubs and training run by school staff, where the pupil premium money is also playing an integral part, by covering the costs of administration and entry fees to compete in inter school competitions in the Havant & Waterlooville area.
The pupil premium has also allowed us to continue to teach swimming as part of our PE curriculum by paying for adequate staff training and hire of the pool and facilities. Every child in Year 3 is included in six-week swimming lesson/water confidence sessions across the school year.
The funding will continue to support school sport at Warren Park by providing the children the chance to be active and enjoy physical activity, as well as providing the opportunity for them to compete in competitive sport against other schools. Therefore, a proportion of the pupil premium is used towards maintaining and purchasing new equipment, ensuring it is safe, available and accessible during curriculum time and extra-curricular PE, sport and clubs.