Purpose of the grant:
- Raise the attainment of pupils in PE by improving differentiation, raising the level of challenge and increasing activity levels within lessons
- Provide teaching staff with high quality coaching to improve their teaching
- Provide children with increased opportunities to take part in competitive sporting activities both within school (intra-school competition) and within the local area (inter-school competition).
Milton Mount’s allocation:
For the academic year April 2016 – March 2017, the school received £10,319.
The money is being spent in the following way:
A specialist PE teacher is employed one day a week to work alongside teaching staff to plan, execute and review PE teaching.
An overview of how Milton Mount is using the grant to improve PE and sport provision for 2016/17
Overall approaches to effective practice
Milton Mount has continued to build upon our aim of developing the rigour and quality of our PE provision. We achieved the School Sports Mark Gold award for the year 2015-16 which recognises and celebrates the work that we have put into improving PE and Sport at the school.
This year we have continued to employ locality PE specialist, Mrs. Billington, to support our teachers in the planning and delivery of high quality school curriculum PE. This team-teaching approach has focused on areas identified by teachers as those that they need to further develop.
In addition to the structure of lessons and effective use of equipment, support will be used to develop differentiation and assessment. The intended outcomes are:
- Improved teacher knowledge and understanding
- More accurate assessment (AfL) within PE and use of this to inform further teaching and competition selection
- Selection and application of relevant differentiated activities
- Increase in challenge for more able pupils
- Increase in teacher confidence and understanding of safety
- Increase in activity levels within lessons
- Improvement in fitness and skill levels for all pupils.
Creating sustainable provision
The funding is supporting professional development for teachers. As PE funding is not used to cover release time, the teachers at Milton Mount work alongside our specialist PE teacher and the aim is to change the nature of the support over time from demonstration teaching and leading lessons to the class teacher taking full control, with Mrs. Billington as the mentor.
The school’s KS2 PE co-ordinator is working closely with Mrs. Billington to develop an action plan to ensure that the current momentum and high quality PE provision is sustained and embedded in future years.
Emphasis on inter-school/intra-school competition
Through our links with Mrs. Billington and local secondary schools, we have joined our local schools in a series of sports festivals and competitions. These provide regular opportunities for high quality inter-school (level 2) competitions in a range of areas, from netball to athletics. During the year 2015-16, children from Milton Mount went forward to compete at County level (level 3) competitions in both Cricket and Gymnastics. The success of our Year 6 gymnasts in the competitions was a direct result of the improvement in gymnastics teaching, which was supported by our specialist PE teacher.
Pupils take part in intra-school (level 1) competitions as a part of curriculum PE lessons and children have the opportunity to take part in differentiated class competitions at the end of a unit of work. This has helped to raise the level of challenge in our school sport. It has also been used to identify children to go forward to represent the school in sport at a local level.
Each year, there are School Games days, organised in collaboration with Mrs Billington and our local secondary school. Every child competes in a variety of track and field activities against other ‘colour’ teams in the school.
Wider role of School Sport
All pupils in Year 6 are trained as ‘Play Leaders’ in the Autumn term to support younger children to play games at break time and develop their skills as young leaders. Y6 pupils are then encouraged to take up a role as Play Leaders later in the year.
Year 6 pupils support and run KS1 and EYFS sports day, modelling and running the activities, and guiding their younger peers.
Year 6 pupils are running aerobics on KS1 playground.
Evidence of impact
We have a range of evidence that is used to assess the impact of the actions taken to improve PE teaching. These include:
- Teacher practice audits before support from specialist teacher and repeat questionnaire afterwards
- Anecdotal evidence from teachers about the increase in fitness and stamina of pupils
- Records that measure the number of children who take part in extra-curricular sporting activities
- Improvement in attainment of children in inter-school competitions.
Evidence from teacher impact audits will be added in Spring 2017. This is a working document and may be subject to additions or revisions.
All teaching staff who worked with Mrs Billington between 2016-17 were asked to comment on the impact of the service provided. 100% of returns stated increased confidence in the teaching of PE. Additional comments included; ‘Mrs Billington has shown me how to teach the skills required for the sport in a game context.’ ‘I can see that playing the game e.g. hockey is much more important than drilling the children on the individual skills and that it is better to do mini-plenaries that focus on skills throughout the lesson.’ ‘The children have really enjoyed the inter-class competitions that you have organised!’