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PE and School Sport

"The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioural level."     (2013 Posit Science)
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to primary school headteachers.  This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.  So how is the funding being spent at North Crawley Church of England School?

Active Playgrounds

Through the introduction of active playgrounds there has been an increase in:

  • The level of physical activity throughout the school day
  • The variety of activities available
  • Children's enthusiasm and focus during play and lunch times
  • Play time equipment including storage sheds and boxes.

Specialist Provision

 Coaches have been comissioned to provide specialist teaching for skipping, dance, and tag rugby.

Indoor Space

With no indoor hall space at the school we are able to hire the village hall in order to be able to teach gymnastics and dance, and to enable us to teach the required amount of PE each week.
Hire of the village hall at a cost of approximately £670

Success Criteria

How will we know if we have been successful?

  • Pupils will be actively engaged in structured physical activity during break and lunch times
  • All pupils will receive high quality PE teaching
  • Equipment will be up to date, stored appropriately and last beyond the funding
  • Children will have access to indoor PE provision throughout the year
  • Teachers will gain new skills, confidence and awareness of PE in schools
  • Pupils will be enthusiastic about sports and Physical Education
  • Children will make at least a good level of progress in PE during their time at the school.

Future Projects

Our aim is to use the funding to provide long term change and sustained improvement in PE in school.
Future cost this year will include:

  • Continuing Professional Development training for staff
  • Auditing and updating all PE equipment
  • Continued use of specialists in school to teach lessons and to train staff