Sports Premium Funding
The Government has confirmed its continuing investment in primary sport with the allocation of £160 million in 2016/17 to continue to improve physical education and sport in primary schools. Each primary school will continue to receive a flat amount of £8000 plus £5 per pupil aged 5 and over at the last Pupil Census. In the March 2016 Budget, the Government announced a pledge to double this amount to £320 million from September 2017, funded by taxation on sugar in soft drinks.
At Tower Hill, the Sport Premium is allowing us to develop a sustainable improvement in teacher confidence and skills, driving the professional development of the teaching team through investing in the services of the specialist sports provider to plan and then work alongside identified teachers across a range of planned disciplines throughout the year. Teachers and disciplines were identified through teacher survey of experience, confidence and knowledge to ensure that provision would be targeted and developmental. The aim is to build a sustainable capacity on the teaching team rather than buy in services which may then cease if funding is no longer available.
We consider swimming a critical life-skill and through pupil conferencing are aware that a significant proportion of our children have never been to the local swimming pool despite it being within one mile of the school site and therefore from most of the children’s homes until our school funded swimming programme takes place in Year 5. To build on this we have committed a proportion of the Sports Premium to additional, intensive swimming programmes of three sessions per week for three weeks for all children in Years 2, 3 and 4, aiming to develop confidence in the water at a younger age.
Download the report below to see how Tower Hill intends to use this funding for 2016-17.