General aims for the use of Sports Funding at Exeter House
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The school sport and activity action plan sets out the government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day. It recommends 30 minutes of this is delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and sport premium can help primary schools to achieve this commitment, providing primary schools with £320 million of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils.
Specific Approaches for 2021/22
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport they provide. This includes any carried forward funding.
At Exeter House, through the extended employment of a PE Specialist and a rebound therapist the school aims to provide Class Teams with modelling, in-class training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils and extend current opportunities offered to pupils. This will ensure that we are able to build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. The PE team will also aim to access and encourage competitive sporting opportunities. We also plan to upgrade the specialist equipment required to develop rebound therapy as an additional physical activity for our most complex needs learners.
In order to open access to a wider variety of ways of exercising (to engage our harder to reach learners) we will also be investing Sports Premium money into Duke of Edinburgh, additional top-up swimming lessons, riding for the disabled, after schools dance/PE clubs and specific training and resources for Complex Needs learners.
Overview of the funding Number of pupils and sports funding received
Total number of pupils on roll 158
Total number of pupils in Primary Department-100
Total amount of primary sports funding £17000
Cost of upgrading equipment for Rebound therapy to take place as well providing a Rebound therapist to develop the skills of staff £15,000
Extended employment of PE specialist to help develop the skills of Teaching teams in order to be able to build capacity for teaching PE, to deliver Dance/PE Clubs, to develop active play during break and lunchtimes and to engage with competitions £7000
Cost of Duke of Edinburgh £1200
Cost of Riding for the Disabled £1500
Cost of top-up swimming lessons in addition to core lessons £2000
Cost of specific training and resources for Complex Needs £500
Total planned spend on developing Sports 2021/22 £27,200
Impact of Sports Premium in 2020/21
The ongoing impact of Covid 19 has had an impact on the extent to which the school has been able to develop it’s PE skills and offer across the school. Good use was made of the school’s on-line learning platform to provide Parents with ideas, skills and support to develop physical activity at home with their child. Once fully back in session, the school continued to use the Sports Premium to improve the quality, quantity and breadth of PE across the school by employing a Specialist Sports Teacher for an extended time to develop the PE teaching skills of Class teams and extend the range of Sports on offer. The PE specialist built upon the excellent progress made previously to maximise participation and engagement by continuing to find new ways to deliver sport to a diverse group of students, some of whom have significant physical and sensory impairments in an interesting and creative way.
0% of Year 6s in 2020/21 met the national requirement to;
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
This was in part to the inability to access swimming throughout the year due to Covid restrictions, but also due to the severe special needs that students at Exeter House have.