Sports Premium COVID-19 Update:
The 2019-2021 academic years were dominated by the outbreak of COVID-19 and its resulting effect on schools, children’s attendance and activities that have been able to take place at school. Lakenham Primary School, similar to all schools in the UK, closed to the majority of children at the end of March when the country went into lockdown. For the rest of the academic year, the school was open for small groups of children at a time: key workers’ children, vulnerable children and small class groups and a highly revised curriculum was delivered at school and online for those children learning from home.
As a result, only 2/3 of the planned curriculum for 2019-2020 was delivered and activities/events experienced by the children. This also meant that the ability of the school to implement many of the actions and strategies outlined in the sports premium strategy for 2019-2020 was profoundly impacted and we are unable to report on the outcome of some activities which remained incomplete. As such, some of the aims and strategies in our sports premium plan and PE action plan for 2020-2021 will continue those started in 2019-2020.
For several years the Government has provided additional primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools.
This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Lakenham Primary School.
All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.
Spending the Sports Premium funding:
We believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils.
We have undertaken a PE and School Sport audit and have created a Sports Premium Action Plan to raise standards and participation levels in PE throughout the school.
Our rationale for the use of Sports Premium funding, which the Governors have are that it must be used so that:
- all children benefit regardless of sporting ability
- staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development
- the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools
- we make use of collaborative and partnership working
- any spending / investment must have a legacy and / or be sustainable
The impact of Sports Premium funding
is reported to the school governing body.