The Edwin Jones Trust has recruited a Primary School sports liaison officer who started in January 2014.
Tracie Capper was the successful candidate and will support the Schools in our Trust to improve the provision, quality and enjoyment of sport.
Watch this space for further developments.
PE and sport premium for primary schools
David Cameron announced that the Government will commit funding Primary PE and Sport to 2020, with £750m to be invested over the course of the next parliament. The investment builds on the £150m a year ring fenced funding currently committed for schools until 2016 to increase primary PE and sport opportunities.
The Edwin Jones Trust and the Jefferey’s Education Trust have invested this money into employing a PE specialist. This role began in January 2014 and its key priority is to improve the quality of teaching and diversity of the curriculum in order for all pupils to make regular and sustained progress. Since 2014, many changes have occurred with schools’ PE and some of these are outlined below.
All PE policies, curriculums and assessment procedures have been reviewed extending provision and offering some new exciting activities to children. Teachers have regular opportunities for on-going lesson support as well as continued whole staff training.
Pupil participation has increased as children continue to participate in a variety of competitions and celebrations of PE, both in and out of school, including various charity events for Sport Relief and British Heart Foundation. Some children have received training as young sports leaders to help run lunch time activities for other pupils.
Schools have benefitted as a whole through receiving relevant, up to date planning and regular INSET opportunities, leading to a more confident and competent workforce.
In addition the profile of PE has been raised through a termly newsletter, Sports Times, which aims to celebrate children’s achievements and ‘Sportsdesk’ – a new feature on schools’ websites providing further information for families. Some schools continue to apply for and receive a sports kitemark which recognises individual schools work around PE.
Annual sports awards, based on the Olympic values are now a feature of the school, giving children a key focus for the academic year.
Regular meetings are held with all PE managers from the trust schools. Detailed minutes from these meeting, written feedback given to teachers from observed lessons, data collected from events and competitions, clear and agreed objectives together with staff questionnaires contribute to accountability.
Children have been invited to attend additional sessions to further develop PE competencies and this provision has helped extend those particularly talented children and also those children who find some aspects of PE difficult to access.
Assessment procedures have also been reviewed with particular focus on children transferring from Year 2 to Year 3 and from Year 6 to Year 7
Some schools have set up sports committees whereby the pupils themselves run sports events, sports captains also form a major part of sporting life in schools.
There have been regular opportunities for newly qualified teachers to extend and improve their knowledge as well as INSET opportunities for all staff.
By working in collaboration with local clubs and organisations children have been offered further opportunities to engage in taster sessions and staff are able to signpost children to relevant clubs wherever necessary.