Primary Schools Funding - School Sports Premium
What is Schools Sports Premium?
The Government have ring fenced £150 million, approx £9,000 per primary school per year for two years starting September 2013. The funding is to raise standards in the provision of physical education and school sport, ensuring that all pupils become physically literate. The aim is to ensure they take that first step on the pathway so they develop a sporting habit for life.
What should the money be used for?
Possible uses for 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 materials for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
Ultimately the funding should ensure that primary school staff are confident and competent at delivering a range of PE lessons and schools are providing a range of extra -curricular sporting activities. If using sports coaches, these should not replace teachers, but work in conjunction with teachers, so the teacher is gaining knowledge and experience of that sport by working with a coach/ mentor. This adds to the sustainability of the funding.
How will the funding be monitored?
"Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day." Department for Education
How can England Hockey help?
Why not include hockey as part of your schools offer, Quicksticks is a great game to introduce the sport of hockey. We have a variety of training teachers can access, as well as resources, specialist equipment, as well as templates and guidance to help you deliver Quicksticks, you'll find everything you need on this website.
Who can I get support from?
We recommend you contact your local club as they may be able to help deliver some training for your teachers or help with after school clubs - find your local club through www.hockeynation.info Links with local clubs is a great way to give extra opportunities to your pupils. We also have a network of Relationship Managers who can help. Your County Sports Partnership (CSP) will also have a dedicated officer to give you support - find out which CSP you are in here.
I'm a hockey club and want to get involved?
You need to decide what support you can offer schools, whether it is a teacher training session using our Quicksticks resources or a block of coaching working with a class teacher to improve their knowledge and skills or maybe you simply want to create awareness of your junior section. Contact schools local to your club and see how you can work together to provide hockey opportunities.
How should hockey coaches be helping schools?
Coaches should be working with teachers and teaching assistants to improve their knowledge of hockey giving them confidence and knowledge to deliver hockey in their schools, this could be done by-
- Teacher inset where the coach gives training to primary school teachers using our Quicksticks resources.
- Working with teachers in curriculum time to help deliver a hockey session - this should be a collaboration and the teacher should identify what they want to gain from either a lesson or a block of lessons, linked to the national curriculum (the teacher is ultimately responsible for the pupils, not the coach)
- An after school hockey club to provide extra opportunities - this could be working with a teacher, teaching assistant or young leader from the local secondary school