What is the Sports Premium?
In April 2013, the government announced funding of £150 million for physical and education and school sport and intends to continue to provide additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools until at least 2020.
This funding – provided jointly by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Schools are responsible for determining how the funding is best used.
At Stimpson Avenue Academy we use this government grant to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, whilst encouraging the development of healthy, active lifestyles. Our use of the grant aims to develop and add to the PE, physical activity and sport we offer, whilst building the capacity within the academy to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the academy in future years.
There are five key outcomes indicators we will secure improvements against:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the academy as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Further details about the Sports Premium are detailed in the Sports Premium Strategy, published here on the Stimpson Avenue Academy website. If you would like a paper copy of this Strategy document, please contact the main office and they will provide one for you.
Our Ethos and Vision for Physical Education
At Stimpson Avenue Academy, we provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Furthermore, we provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities in order to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respec
Every Child a Well-Balanced, Responsible Individual
The 'new' Ofsted Framework (2019) currently in consultation stages, argues that learning results in an alteration in the long term memory. With this in mind we seek to develop every pupil into a well-balanced responsible individual:
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- engage in competitive sports and activities;
- lead healthy, active lives.
Intent, Implementation, Impact
At Stimpson Avenue Academy we recognise that High Quality PE (HQPE) contributes towards a much bigger picture in the ‘holistic’ development of well-balanced and responsible pupils. We endorse the message coming from the Association for PE (AfPE) and the Youth Sports Trust (YST) that pupils who are physically literate, body confident and active every day have improved physical, social and emotional health and well-being. This in turn leads to increased progress, achievement and attainment and ultimately skills for life. The difference HQPE can all make to pupils is in the words of the AfPE “quite remarkable.”
We see the contribution of HQPE, physical activity and school sport as playing a key role in securing improvements in our four key priority areas in the Academy Improvement Plan:
- To recruit and retain a highly effective staff to enable all improvements to have the best possible chance of succeeding and provide the capacity for continual improvement.
- To secure highly effective leadership which impacts positively on rates of pupil progress and standards attainment
- To develop provision to enable highly effective teaching and learning, positive behaviour and high engagement.
- To ensure consistency of high quality teaching effectiveness on pupil outcomes, supporting a climate of continual improvement
The Extra Curriculum
We take full advantage of opportunities provided by partnering organisations within East Midlands Academy Trust and beyond (e.g. Northampton School Sports Partnership, Pacesetters, Front Row, Little Messis FFA, Northampton Leisure Trust) including:
- Professional development of staff members
- Specialist coaching and input into the curriculum and extra curriculum
- Specialist coaching for extra-curricular clubs
- Links with sporting bodies and local clubs
- Swimming lessons (Barry Leisure Centre)
- Organised opportunities for intra and inter schools competition