Sports Premium

Sports Premium Funding at Meopham Community Academy

At Meopham we recognise the importance of PE as an integral part of our curriculum in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of our pupils. We believe that through offering varied and exciting sporting opportunities, pupils will develop the skills they need to become independent, well rounded individuals who understand the importance of working as a team as well as striving for personal excellence.

Our Sport Premium Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing sports professionals, entering into more sporting competitions and providing resources and equipment that enhance pupil’s learning experiences during PE lessons.

meopham community academy - Sports premium funding report

Premier Education

We aim to make the most of our funding by employing specialist sport coaches through the well-established and respected providers; Premier Education. Not only do the children benefit from being taught and assessed by specialist coaches, teachers work alongside the coaches to continuously increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You can find out more about Premier Education through visiting their website - Premier Education's Website

Primary School’s Sports Funding

Primary School’s Sports Funding

The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at Meopham that will mean around £10,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Recently the government have committed to funding the primary school Sports Premium up until 2020 - an investment worth £750 million.

Click here for Department of Education sports funding page

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses of the funding include:
  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits

In this academic year, all classes in Key Stage Two have Premier Education coaching for a block session every other term. In terms 1, 3 and 5 Years 5 and 6 have coaching and in terms 2, 4 and 6 Years 3 and 4 have coaching.

Please see below for a breakdown of the sports being taught in each term.

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Year 5 FootballYear 3 HockeyYear 5 HockeyYear 3 FootballYear 5 CricketYear 3 Cricket
Year 6 FootballYear 4 HockeyYear 6 HockeyYear 4 FootballYear 6 CricketYear 4 Cricket

Key Stage One classes do not have timetabled sessions with Premier Education this academic year; however over the last few years they have also had the opportunity to participate in specialist coaching sessions as part of the curriculum. This academic year, Key Stage One teachers are keen to execute the knowledge and skills they have learned through the use of Premier Education, as well as the high quality teaching skills they possess, as they deliver both their outdoor and indoor PE sessions to their classes.

Also this academic year, the sports funding is being spent on using Premier Education coaches to deliver skill specific and therefore very successful football clubs for both boys and girls. Children in Years 5 and 6 participate in weekly football training sessions on the school field. The first competition on the list below shows how successful our football team has been, even from the very start of the year. At Meopham we value the importance of having the highly skilled coaches accompany the children for the tournaments and competitions; therefore another allowance of the funding is to send the coaches to the games and matches to coach the children throughout from the side line.