The government is providing additional funding of 150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools and to help them develop healthy lifestyles. This funding – provided jointly by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school Headteachers. It is ring-fenced funding, and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Inspecting primary school PE and school sport: new funding
Background
1. In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of 150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
2. Funding will be allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school will receive about 9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.
3. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Section 5 inspections of maintained schools and academies with primary-aged pupils
4. From 1 September 2013, inspectors will assess and report on how effectively this new funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the schools leadership and management.

The ethos of school is to promote a healthy mind and body. We encourage our pupils to participate in healthy activities, both in and after school, and make good use of the outdoor provision, within the local community.

The current sport funding is 8,585, and is used at Mottram for the following sporting initiatives:

  • Specialised sports coaches – This gives each class high quality sports delivery, from Tameside Sports Trust, each week for an hour.
  • Dance instruction – This gives each class an hours instruction, in dance.
  • Swimming – This is provided for KS2 pupils, attending a swimming lesson at a local pool, on a weekly basis, for a rotational half-term.
  • Extra-curricular – In addition to 2 hours sports provision, within the school day, children are able to attend to attend an after-school hour of sports delivery and 1 hour dance, each week.

Participation in sport is encouraged at all times, and given as much precedence, within the curriculum, as other core subjects.

Children at our school develop an enjoyment of sport, and as such, participate in activity within the local community as active members of sports clubs, including swimming, gymnastics, football and cricket.

At Mottram, we encourage children to not only participate in sport, but to adopt a healthy eating regime, with a view to pupils becoming healthy adults and imparting their knowledge to their own children, in the future.

We believe that through the notion of a ‘healthy mind; healthy body’, children will be better equipped to achieve their potential.

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