Dear Parents and Carers,
As many of you know, schools now receive additional funding from the government known as PE and sport premium. Schools must use this funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE.
The DfE advises schools to use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that school already offers
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- 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 school 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
We have plans to use our funding to enhance PE provision for all our children, particularly in our outdoor areas and with the use of specialist coaches. We now have a fully qualified dance coach who offers a lunchtime club for pupils in Year 3 to Year 6, as well as preparing our Year 3 children for the Gateshead Dance Festival in the spring. We also have plans to develop dance and yoga in Early Years and Years 1 and 2, and will continue to coach our children for various competitive and non-competitive opportunities including basketball, rugby, football, gymnastics and athletics. If you have any suggestions you would like to share with us, please contact Mr Colligan, our PE Leader.
I hope the weather is kind this weekend for all your sporting and spectating plans.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Dates for your diary for the coming weeks: