2016/17 SPORTS FUNDING – Review & impact


For the academic year, 2016-17 Birch Copse used the sports premium money to fund and develop sport in the following ways:


• The money provided travel opportunities to allow us to take 24 children to the Berkshire and Hampshire cross country championships. This allowed for us to increase the number of children representing the school and competing in inter school events.

• The money provided travel opportunity for nine children to travel to the south-west regional final of the Danone Cup in Bath. Again this allowed for the children to compete in an international competition and represent the county.

• Time was given to the PE co-ordinator to set up dodgeball competitions to give all the children in the school the opportunity to compete in intra school competition. Equipment has also been purchased to support these competitions within the school. We had a participation rate of 73% of children in the school taking part in these competitions. Next year we will aim to drive this higher.

• More time was given to allow for setting up multiple inter school football and netball competitions, which have been organised by a teacher at Birch Copse. We were able to host multiple events for children throughout KS2 again increasing the number of children participating in inter school competitions.

• The money was also used to secure funding for a lunchtime football club with Reading FC coaches in the summer term. This allowed for more children to receive expert coaching.

• The school hired the services of a fitness coach and dance coach to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff. This initiative benefited all children from Year 1 through to Year 6. Each term the children received fitness or dance lessons. The coaches worked with different classes throughout the academic year 2016-2017. Not only did the children benefit from being taught by specialist staff, but this offered our own staff professional development opportunities through observation and team teaching.

• Money has also been used to provide equipment for sport teams competing against other schools in football, cricket and netball. The new equipment further promoted sport within the school and allowed for greater participation within school clubs and allowed for teachers to improve the provision provided.


2017/18 SPORTS FUNDING - Plan


For the academic year, 2017-18 Birch Copse will use the sports premium money to fund and develop sport in the following ways:


• The bulk of the money will continue to be spent on hiring PE specialists for dance and fitness. We believe that using the money in this way allows for us to:

o Promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

o Encourage positive competition, ensuring that the children are focused on achieving their best and maximising their potential.

o Expose children from Year 1 to Year 6, to high quality teaching of dance and fitness

o Give school staff opportunities to observe the teaching of high quality PE sessions and then include features of this in their own practice.

o To build the skills of teachers as they team teach with PE specialists.

• Funds will be used to support school clubs and teams to enter competitions that will challenge the children against a higher level of competition and allow for them to compete against a wider range of competitors. As a result of this, we anticipate children having to travel to venues further afield.

• Time will be given to the PE co-ordinator to set up and continue to build up the number of inter and intra school competitions the school host and organise. The focus of this will be upon trying to increase the number of children participating in competitive school events past the previous year’s number of 73%.

• Money will be set aside for our school to buy into West Berkshire school games activities, allowing for the children to compete against children from other schools in a wider range of activities.