What is this funding and what is its purpose? The government is providing additional funding during 2016-2017 to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport for our school amounts to £9025 for 2016-17. It is set to rise in the future as a result of the increased revenue from the sugar tax but we are awaiting more details.
What is the impact of the funding on sport at Ashton Vale? During the past year we have used the funding in a variety of ways to help the children at Ashton Vale improve, inspire and achieve through sport. Through the introduction of REAL PE at the start of the previous academic year we have trained staff in how to deliver a more effective PE curriculum which focuses more on core skills instead of competitive games which can switch a lot of children off from sport. Alongside this the teachers at Ashton Vale have worked closely with coaches from Ashton Park such as Sarah Fear and Debbie Scroggs to improve their own professional understanding of the sports being taught. They have team taught lessons with the coaches, asking questions, discussing the impact of activities and finally planning a sequence of work with them. This has greatly improved the teachers confidence and understanding of the sport being taught.
All staff have attended an INSET day on REAL PE as well as a follow-up staff meeting with two REAL PE coaches on how to deliver it more effectively. Through the Ashton Park SSP partnership, various members of staff have attended additional training on early years PE, football coaching and partnership days. All NQT's at the school have attended at least a day's training that covered a range of different sports and activities to improve their confidence.
Over 70% of children in KS1/2 involved in sport clubs/games We are continuing to offer a wide range of free after school clubs to all ages. In addition to this, we have also invested in an archery kit to enable us to run our own archery club for those children less commonly involved in sport. Furthermore, we have used the premium money to fund 2 Fun outdoors clubs for KS1 and KS2 children. Again, these clubs involve non-competitive sport and are on offer to try and make as many children at our school physically active.
In Key Stage 2 we had over 80% of children attending an after school sports club in 2016-17. Every single child in KS2 has participated in a competitive sport which include: Sport for all Olympics, Sprints and Long Distance run, Inter House football and Netball or representing the school in one of the following sports against other schools: football, netball, hockey, athletics, swimming, basketball, rounders, tag rugby, gymnastics and dance.
Ashton Park Sports Partnership For the academic year 2016/17, £1480 has been used to pay for our affiliation to the Ashton Park Sport Partnership. This will be our 7th year as part of the partnership. It is a vital tool that we have to enable all pupils the opportunity to compete in a wide range of sports at both local and county level. Cherry Kraus (the director) and her team put on a range of festivals to suit all needs. They are always competitive and allow schools to progress onto county, regional and national competitions. (See our sporting results and main page to see our success stories.) As well as providing the children with much needed competition, they provide the school and teachers with a wide variety of CPD opportunities that not only build teachers confidence but allow high quality teaching.
Examples of provision at our school during 2016-17 include: Weekly sport which includes, football, hockey, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, tag-rugby, netball, games skills, basketball and athletics.
FREE After school clubs we have/will run this year: Football, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, tag-rugby, netball, games skills, basketball and athletics after school clubs.
Access to qualified sports coaches who team teach with our teachers including a new badminton 6 week program for Y6 and BCFC coaches doing multi-sports and football sessions for our Y1's, 2's and 4's.
Access to competitive sports which include matches, tournaments and festivals, inter and intra school games.
New girls football club run by BCFC coaches and a dedicated day for girls' football in the playground
10 swimming sessions for all Y3-Y5 children.
‘Sign posting’ pupils to extended school sports activities and clubs outside of school time.
Sign posting pupils to holiday sporting activities.
Celebrating sporting success in and outside school.
Key Stage 1 & 2 annual Sports Day.
Dance activities and festivals including the Stages festival and KS1 gymnastics competition in March 2017.
What Ofsted Has Said
"Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and standards are now well above average.
The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. All aspects of safe practice are excellently monitored.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are central to the school’s aims and are evident in pupils’ work as well as in their highly positive relationships. Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated."