PE and Sports Funding
The government has provided additional funding to schools to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. The money must be used to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport.
P.E. and school sport play a very important part in the life of our school. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and, through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, tolerance, teamwork, resilience, friendship, trust and responsibility.
For the academic year 2016/17 we received £10,305 in PE and sport funding. The money will be spent on sports coaches from HW School Skills. Such is our commitment to high quality PE and Sports provision that we plan to spend more than our allocation as we need to update our sports equipment and grounds. We will use some of the sports funding to provide training opportunities for our teachers who will work alongside sports coaches to teach P.E.
Coopers Lane Primary School is committed to ensuring all our children enjoy sport and physical activity. We strive to build on the enthusiasm for PE that is felt by the whole school community and at the same time fully support the government’s ambition to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We support pupil’s physical education in the following ways:
Harry Watling School Skills
Harry Watling left school at the age of 16 with 2 years of coaching already under his belt. He then set out in the world of football to explore different techniques, deliveries and strategies of the game. Harry completed his coaching badges at the age of 18 passing his UEFA B License in football coaching became one of the youngest coaches in England to hold this accolade. It wasn’t long before Harry was noticed and was hired by a Premier league football club at the age of 19. After educating himself further through different teaching and sports courses, HW School Skills was born.
HW School Skills is a vastly popular coaching company. We are extremely pleased to have the professionally trained coaches delivering lessons in our school on a regular basis. Having a Premier league academy coach delivering sessions is also something the children are very keen on. “We as people never stop learning” and Harry is keen to stress this to his staff. If we can have the best teachers of a subject who know when to use a specific method, when to step in and when to allow a child to discover themselves, we will make for a fun, educational environment for all.
Our school’s PE budget and donations from the school community ensure that we have a wide range of equipment for the children to use. Equipment is checked regularly to make sure that it is all in good working order, and anything in need of repair is fixed or updated.
In recent times we have bought lots of exciting equipment, from small pieces like balls and ankle hoppers, to larger projects like the renovation of the football cage.
It is not just during PE sessions that children at Coopers Lane School develop their sporting skills and fitness. At lunchtime children play games and use equipment with support staff. Children in Monument class said, “We like playing different sports at lunchtime. You learn to do new things.” An increased number of activities in both playgrounds has led to a significant reduction in incidents.
After school enrichment activities
We provide a range of enrichment activities, or clubs, for the children to take part in after school. These currently include Multiskills, gymnastics, and Football for both KS1 and KS2. The children are able to choose a new club each term.
Children from across the school have the opportunity to be involved in tournaments with other schools. This supports the development of the children’s sportsmanship and adds a competitive edge to their enjoyment of sport. We have had great success recently in different sports such as football and basketball.
A newly installed MUGA (multi use games area) with all-weather surface means we can make the most of the outside area all year round.