At Bewcastle school, we are currently allocated about £8,000 per year to spend on sport and PE. This money is ring-fenced, which means it cannot be spent on anything else.
Over the past year, it has enabled us to provide high quality PE sessions and to give the children a 'taster' of sports and activities that they might otherwise not have access to. We have also used the money to promote our ethos of inclusion and have enjoyed lively sessions of wheelchair basketball, which has been delivered by Cumbria wheelchair sports club.
It is also important to emphasise that the sports premium enables staff to develop their skills and is an essential part of ongoing professional development for all staff.
Here are some of the ways in which we have spent our allocation over the past three years:
- participation in a small schools 'Commonwealth games' at Carlisle Sheepmount, with a wide range of athletics events;
- participation in local sports events, such as William Howard school primary athletics tournament;
- participation in academic research through University of Cumbria;
- Opportunities to work with students and staff at Cumbria University on orienteering and gymnastics skills;
- weekly lessons in football;
- after school football club run by professional coaches;
- weekly lessons in basketball, athletics, gymnastics and multi-sports;
- participation in Carlisle 'U-dance' festival;
- daily swimming in our own school pool during the summer term, for all children;
- participation in a national athletics award, promoted by one of our governors, a University of Cumbria PE lecturer;
- participation in outdoor and adventure activities as part of our KS2 residential week;
- enabling a smooth transition to Y7 by participating in a small schools team building day at WHS, organised by the LIGHTS group of very small schools;
- developing an attractive and useful playground, with court markings and literacy and numeracy physical games for younger children;
- investment in sports equipment, including table tennis tables;
- training for staff in lifeguarding and swimming teaching.
As a result of our sport and PE spending, we have ensured that:
- our children experience a range of sports and activities in different venues;
- our children are taught by a range of skilled teachers and leaders;
- our staff receive high quality CPD and updated skills;
- participation and achievement in sport is celebrated and encouraged;
- all children are included in all activities and work with a range of role models;
- all children are making good progress and developing higher levels of fitness and skill (see progress in athletic awards).