PE & Sports Premium at Billingborough
Since 2012, schools have been given specific government funding for sport.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, guided by the 5 Key Indicators shown below.
At the top of this page, you will find a PDF document: a financial breakdown of the different ways we have invested our PE and Sport Premium budget, with reference to these key indicators shown below:
Since 2017, the funding has been increased to help schools promote physical activity in young people, as part of the Government's plan to reduce obesity in children.
Billingborough School is committed to encouraging, and actively raising awareness of, the benefits of an active lifestyle. The increased funding must; "Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years" https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools.
There are 5 key indicators we strive towards
We invest our premium in several ways...
In recent years:
From 2020-2022, we were assisted in the delivery of PE and extra-curricular sport by an Active Schools Coordinator from the Carre's Outreach network.
In recent years, we have also developed links with "Inspire +", a sports charity based in Grantham. As an example, since the sports premium became available, we have used sports funding for our coach to attend training to build on Change 4 Life for Y6 and we have run an Aspire Transition Club.
In the Autumn of 2017, Sports Premium subsidised an after-school cheerleading club, to match the interest Mr James found expressed by the Key Stage 2 girls. "Give us a B..." This ran for a year before, to ring the changes, in September 2018 we opted for a dance club instead.
Such clubs are an inclusive and cost-effective way for children from the village to get active with dance - without the complexity of travelling to a nearby town, which some families cannot do.
Increased Participation in competitive sport
Mr James and our coaches have been able to develop school teams who have taken part in an increasing number of tournaments (click on the blue lettering to see how many!) on and off the school premises against teams from other schools. Children from Reception to Year 6 have taken part.
We are particularly proud of our Inclusion Award presented in January 2018.
This aspect of school life has increased so much that, from 2017 to 2019, we used Sports Premium to fund cover for Mr James's class on a Friday afternoon, so he could facilitate sports events; ensuring we take place in "Elite" championships as well as taster events for new activities, some of which are targeted for reluctant or inexperienced competitors, including specific events for those with additional needs. Opportunities start from Nursery, so we are truly building a sports heritage from the bottom up.
We have now reached the stage when we are bringing home winners and medals! The increase in the sporting profile of the school prompted a parent to sponsor new school kit, for indoor and outdoor.
Here is its first outing in September 2017! Lower School dodge ball. We hosted it , and won!
We joined the Carre's (our local boys' grammar school) Primary School Sports Outreach group in 2015 and enhanced our membership in 2018 to take advantage of their coaching facilities too.
This brought Pop Lacrosse to the school for the first time.
We've since bought kit for ourselves, as it went down so well!
Our Sports Premium has enabled us to provide cover for Mr James to attend their training and development courses, so he can enhance the sport offer in school. and learn from other local settings.
Mr James and Carres' Outreach have been guiding us through the process of attaining our School Games Marks. We achieved Bronze in our first year 2016, moved securely to Silver in year two in 2017 and, with dedicated effort from the children and adults, managed an amazing Gold in only our third year of the scheme, 2018! This success was repeated with a further Gold Mark in 2019.
In 2020, due to the Covid pandemic and lockdown, the full awards were not issued. Instead, we received 2 special School Games certificates; one in recognition of our constant engagement in school sport for the Autumn and Spring terms, and the other for our high-profile online promotion of the Virtual Sports Challenges run by Carre's during the lockdown period when the vast majority of our pupils were unable to attend school.
How we are broadening the experiences and range of sports offered to all pupils.
This is evident throughout our website but here is a synopsis.
The following sports have been offered, either within school or in competitions in the last two years.
We hope soon to add Equestrian to the list, and we missed off Archery!
Staff give up a weekend to take the children to minimise the cost to families. Pupil Premium subsidises costs in some cases.
Life Skills Taught Through Sport
Immersing our children in sport allows us to teach a range of life skills too. Observing new sports in action enhances teacher's skills too.
Releasing the PE leader to take the children to events means they may experience sporting opportunities that otherwise they may never have sampled.
Pupils gain confidence and self-esteem by being selected and representing the school. They build skills linked to team work, focus, collaboration and logic .
As the children mature, we coach them to use tactics and play to the strengths of the team, to be observant and take opportunities, to respect the rules and the referee or coach.
On most occasions the thrill of taking part is the biggest buzz!
Within school, the children compete in their houses against each other; a little healthy rivalry gives athletics and games an edge. We learn to win with modesty and lose with good grace.
In September 2018, the children tried and loved "Fit Fence".
Our Legacy Project
In 2017-18 schools had their sports premium increased , but this additional premium has to have a legacy for years to come. As a small school such funding has the possibility of being transformational for our children who live in a community with a score of 28% environmental deprivation. Begun as a concept in the Autumn of 2017, this is our vision.
From this.... an unloved space.
To this... A mini multi purpose
And this... An outdoor class room with a meadow, beds to grow fruit and vegetables, a woodland corner, a den building spot and sensory area; for peace, well being but also active out door play that we hope will then be replicated at home. Ideally one day a covered classroom too...
None of which we could have contemplated without the contribution made to the school through the sports premium. The space would have gone under tarmac and the outdoor class room would not exist. The work has been phased over two years to ensure the rest of our sports premium funded offer grows apace too and this project enhances , not replaces it.
The school uses the Leisure Centre at Sleaford for swimming lessons. We travel by coach and the children have a half hour session in the water taught by the qualified instructors at the pool.
Children usually have the opportunity to swim from Year 4 onwards until they have achieved their 25m award.
The school funds the cost of transport and lessons. Parents are invited to make voluntary contributions if they wish.
In some cases, we use sports premium to subsidise children who need longer than average to attain this skill. It took one of our girls three years. But she earned the swimming plate in 2018!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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