The government provides substantial primary school sport funding which has doubled for the current academic year. The funding is jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to Primary School Head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in Schools. Lower Farm School has chosen to work closely with Evolve's Project Hero to support our PE and sport development through the use of a Health Mentor. Our school has also become part of the Streetly Academy PE and School Sport Network, and we are ensuring that this funding targets areas which raise standards and increases opportunities in PE and sport for all children.
In Lower Farm School we have used our funding to:
During the financial year 2015/2016 we received a PE and Sport Premium allocation of £9,653 and we spent an additional £2,104.61. In 2016/2017 we received £9,703. The money was spent on; a Health Mentor (£6000.01), who increased physical activity by 16.7% on average by the end of the year; improving our swimming provision (£3144.99), which saw increases in the number of children being able to swim 25m and complete a self rescue in the water; joining the Streetly Academy cluster group (£575), where our P.E. subject leader developed their knowledge and increased links with other schools in the area.
In 2017-18, we received £19,510. The main impact from this money was the re-marking of our playground to engage more pupils in active play. We also increased our participation in inter-school competitions through our partnership with the Streetly Academy Cluster Group as well as offered more extra-curricular sports clubs through the week using an Evolve Health Mentor and Premier Sports. Our Health Mentor also spent time in year 6 focusing on behaviour and reduced 'red' behaviour incidents year on year significantly and as a consequence, the children spent more time active at play. Further impact can be seen below using the 2017-18 impact report.