2018/19 SPORTS FUNDING – Review & impact

For the academic year, 2018-19 Birch Copse received £19, 630 for the Sports Premium Funding, we used the money to fund and develop sport in the following ways:

The main proportion of the money was spent on hiring PE specialists for dance and fitness. We believe that using the money in this way allowed     for us to:

- Promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
- Encourage positive competition, ensuring that the children are focused on achieving their best and maximising their potential.
- Expose children from Year 1 to Year 6, to high quality teaching of dance and fitness.
- Give school staff opportunities to observe the teaching of high quality PE sessions and then include features of this in their own practice.
- To build the skills of teachers as they team teach with PE specialists.

- Funds were used to support school clubs and teams to enter competitions that challenged the children against a higher level of competition and allowed for them to compete against a wider range of competitors. As a result of this, children travelled to venues further afield.

- Time was given to the PE co-ordinator to build up the number of inter and intra school competitions the school host and organise. The focus of this was upon trying to increase the number of children participating in competitive school events past the previous year’s number of 71.46, we were able to do this with 83.01% of children participating in either intra or inter school activities. Money was also spent on the administering of inter school competitions.

- Money was set aside for our school to buy into West Berkshire school games activities, allowing for the children to compete against children from other schools in a wider range of activities.

- Money was used to buy into affiliations with local sports leagues and local governing bodies. 


After completing the swimming program with the school the 2018/19 year 6 cohort can do the following:

- 85.9% of pupils were able to swim competently,confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- 82.8% of pupils were able to use a range of strokes effectively.
- 84.4% of pupils were able to perform a safe self-rescue.

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