At Chantry Middle School, we recognise the contribution of Physical Education and Sport to the health and well- being of our students. We believe that a personalised and varied Physical Education curriculum and extra curricular opportunities have a positive impact on other areas in school such as attitude, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement.
In the summer of 2019 we achieved the School Games Gold Award which demonstrates our commitment to ensuring high quality Physical Education and developing both competitive sports and healthy activity.
Our Primary School Sport Funding enables us to continue to extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more sports competitions and allowing all staff to access new resources and training to aid in the delivery of high quality Physical Education .
This is awarded for PE provision in the following ways:
The Government have provided funding since September 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and the money goes directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for their students.
The Government vision for the Premium is:
A measurable and sustained improvement in school Physical Education and sport, underpinned by high quality teaching that increases participation levels in physical activity, and leads to healthier students who are more engaged across the whole curriculum. This will be the legacy to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The vision is to be achieved through the completion of the following objectives:
- To improve the quality of existing PE teaching through continuing professional development in PE for generalists, so that all primary students improve their health, skills and physical literacy, and have broader exposure to a range of sports.
- To increase participation levels in competitive sport and healthy activity of students, and maintain these into adolescence
- To increase the quality of ITT in PE and sport, and to promote PE specialisation in primary level workforce
- Schools understand and value the benefits of high quality PE and sport, including its use as a tool for whole school improvement
Each school with over 17 primary age students are allocated £16,000 plus £10 per pupil in Years 1 to 6. Chantry has received a premium of approximately £18,750 per year.
The money is ring fenced and can only be spent on Physical Education and sport provision in school. Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sports activities they offer their students, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.
Possible uses for the funding include;
- hiring specialist PE teachers
- hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- support and engage the least active students by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change 4 Life clubs
- run sports competitions or increase students’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools.
- Transport to sporting events
- Swimming intervention to selected pupils
- Affiliation to our Area School Games providing opportunities for competition, teambuilding and leadership
- Cover when teachers are at sporting events
- Money towards our Multi Use Games Area bid
- All Year 5 students take part in Hoops for Health
- All Year 5 students take part in a team building day in September in school in association with Active Northumberland to develop group skills through various sporting activities, as part of their transition programme
- All Year 6 students take part in a team building day in May in Morpeth Carlisle Park in association with Active Northumberland to develop team skills through various sporting activities, as part of their transition programme into Key Stage 3.
- Increase in Sports Leadership opportunities for all our students, to have the ability to continue to lead first school competitions within Morpeth School Sports Partnership and at the Northumberland Games, including tri golf, multi skills, tennis and Quad Kids competitions. Leaders are also used to officiate at house matches.
- Greater student enjoyment and achievement in PE, as competitors and leaders, in their performances in school and in competitions such as the Northumberland Games in the Summer Term.
- Enabling pupils to represent the school in teams as PE teachers are covered to do so and transport is provided.
- Providing swimming lessons to those who have less confidence in their swimming enabling them to achieve.
We aspire to further increase the opportunities for all our students in sport, regardless of ability, and try to achieve this by creating a unique personalised curriculum for them all . To help to achieve this we aim to;
- strive to achieve the Gold Award for another year in association with the School Games by continuing to increase opportunities for students to take part in competitive sport.
- continue to provide opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills, learning to support each other, to plan, organise, manage and evaluate their own and other’s work
- continue to use student voice to listen to learners and to provide some extra curricular clubs based on their suggestions, and add to our diverse range of clubs on offer
- continue to develop strong links with local sports clubs and encourage children to take part in sport outside of school e.g Morpeth Harriers, Morpeth Rugby Club, Morpeth Riverside Badminton Club, Morpeth Netball Club, Morpeth Football Club, Longhirst Tennis & Cricket Club, Morpeth Swimming Club and Northumberland Orienteering.
- continue to promote the importance of taking part in physical activity as part of a healthy and active lifestyle and sustainability in later life, through twitter and instagram.
- continue to provide a healthy environment for pupils to learn, to deal with competition and how to cope with winning and losing, to abide by rules, to experience as working as a team and to develop communication and cooperation skills.
- celebrate learners’ successes regularly and make sure they feel good about themselves as a result of their participation in PE and School Sport through assemblies, school website, twitter, newspaper coverage and instagram