Thorney Close Primary School

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Sports Premium

PE Lead - Mr P. Vaughan

Thorney Close Primary School has been awarded a Sports Premium Grant annually since 2013/2014 academic year.  In 2017/2018 the formula changed meaning school received £16,000 per year.  The purpose of this government grant is to improve the provision of PE and sport within schools, with schools being given freedom to choose how best to spend the money in order to do this. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Thorney Close Primary School has decided to spend the money awarded to develop the following areas for 2020/2021:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE.
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.

The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity:
After assessing the impact COVID-19 and the subsequent national lockdowns since March 2020, the school has used a portion of the sports premium fund towards specialist coaching and a Change 4 Life club in order to re-engage the most inactive pupils. Since returning to school in March 2021, the priority of the school has been to improve the physical and mental well-being of the pupils after such challenging and unprecedented times.

In summer term, the school permitted the return of coaches and external bodies to return to the school to help engage all pupils in regular physical activity. As such, a portion of the fund was spent on Tanya’s tumblers. Tanya is a trained gymnast who delivered high quality gymnastic lessons to all year groups. She continued to work on developing our children’s’ balance, co-ordination; helping to develop their core work, strength, cardio and flexibility. She delivered differentiated sessions across all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. This meant that there was a strong focus on progression of skills and the majority of children had developed a very high level of gymnastic skill by the end of Year 6.

The school has also engaged with our local SGO to train 13 Year 5’s as sport leaders. The sport leaders now work across the school on a rota basis; delivering high-quality games for children from Reception to Year 6 every lunch-time.

Change for Life clubs have also been running across KS2 in summer term.
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE:
After assessing the impact of the Real PE scheme through staff and pupil voice, the school decided to move away from that scheme for 2020/21. Therefore, a portion of the premium has been spent on the GetSet4PE scheme, which has fully re-engaged staff in confidently delivering high-quality, teacher-led PE throughout the entire school. As part of the GetSet4PE package, CPD opportunities for staff in delivering Dance, Gymnastics and Games have also increased the skills of the staff delivering the sessions.

Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils:
As part of the GetSet4PE scheme and having access to high-quality schemes of work for a multitude of sports, the range of activities and experiences in PE lessons for pupils at Thorney Close has never been higher. In 2020/21, the school has also invested more sports equipment, which has further enabled access to sports that children were not offered on a consistent basis previously. With local and national restrictions in place for much of this academic year, there have not been many opportunities to engage with external coaching to offer further new experiences to all children. Where possible, the school has invested in new equipment and schemes of work to counter-act this and offer the best possible experience to children this academic year.

Increased participation in competitive sport:
With inter-school competition being postponed for much of the academic year, the school has participated in virtual competition as well as intra-school competition in 2020/21. From summer term onwards, competition resumed and the school entered football, netball and cricket tournaments for Y4-6. As such, part of the premium was spent on new equipment to train competitively for the events. The fund was also used for transport to and from the events.

Sport in School Gallery



Sports Premium Planned Spend 2020-21

In 2020-21 Thorney Close Primary School received £18,000 in Sports Premium Funding.  The below table details the spending.  Covid and thus school closures and restrictions has limited spending. There will be a carry forward into the next academic year, where school will fully maximise the premium and ensure that it is spent to increase participation in PE and Sport to pre-covid levels.

Balanceability Bikes, Equipment and Resources £2,000
Tanya's Tumblers £1,000
GetSet4PE scheme of work £550
Netball training pack £279
Football training pack £159
2x buckets of tennis balls £98.32
Speed and agility pack £85.50
Football kit £50.00
Station taxis £200.00
Safety inspection for sports equipment £50.00
Tag rugby kit £47.00
12 x rugby balls £45.00
C4L club Awaiting costs
Tennis Coaching £200.00
PE Kits - Tracksuit bottoms and shorts (Year5/6) £250.00

Review - July 2022