Primary PE and Sport Premium Award Winners Announced

Primary PE and Sport Premium Award Winners Announced

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 08:55

Primary PE and Sport Premium Award Winners Announced

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Primary schools recognised through Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards 2020

Awarded by the Department for Education, the Primary PE and Sport Premium fund aims to increase the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision in primary schools resulting in an increase in participation levels.

Building on the success of previous years, 2020 saw even more schools apply, with innovative and credible methods for engaging pupils in PE and extra-curricular physical activity opportunities. Schools from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire had the opportunity to submit best practice examples to demonstrate their contribution to sport and physical activity across three categories: Upskilling Staff, Whole School Improvement, Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives.

After much debate and close competition, Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire is thrilled to announce the category winners:

Upskilling Staff - Rigby Hall School, Bromsgrove

After identifying Rebound Therapy as a fun and fully inclusive activity provision for pupils, staff were encouraged to attend a 2-day Rebound Therapy training course at a nearby school. Since the training, Rigby Hall has been able to make use of a trampoline that has not been used in several years and 4 complex needs classes have been able to access Rebound Therapy during curriculum time. As a result of the training the schools has observed increased competence and confidence among staff, development and improvement of pupils most notably with muscle strengthening, relaxation, fun and enjoyment and development of new skills.

Whole School Improvement - Much Birch CE Primary School, Hereford

Having identified a lack of physical activity beyond compulsory PE lessons, Much Birch recognised an opportunity to reduce sedentary behaviour improve the quality of physical activity for all pupils, through active learning. Consequently, 'Forest School' was introduced to the curriculum, utilising school grounds and the local environment and helping to address playground disputes. Through Forest School, pupils are encouraged to foster resilience, build confidence, understand risk and become independent learners, improve their physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and spiritual aspects and develop emotional intelligence. Through the PPSP funding, Much Birch has successfully trained 5 staff members to become Forest School practitioners, establish a clear link between Forest School and Physical Education, adopt and adapt Forest School methodology for PE delivery.

Physical Activity & Health Enhancing Initiatives - Riverside Primary School, Hereford

In a bid to raise awareness and engagement in a diverse range of physical activities, Riverside Primary School implemented a reward system to recognise positive behaviours. Taking ownership of rewards and helping to improve engagement with physical activity, children are encouraged to suggest enrichment activities that they would like to participate in. Riverside Primary have ensured that adaptations are made to ensure activities are inclusive for wheelchair users. Newly introduced clubs are targeted towards less active or pupils with limited access to extra-curricular opportunities, with a participatory focus over competition. Any costs incurred for vulnerable children were met or subsidised using the PE and Sport Premium funding. In additional, school staff play an important role in modelling healthy active habits. Staff have participated in active workplaces mixed netball tournaments, table tennis tournaments and a staff/students rounders tournament. Staff and parents also participated in other whole school active events such as running 1000 miles for Sport Relief.

As a result of increased capacity and provision, participation in extra-curricular activities has increased by 49%. For some pupils, school attendance has improved as a result of physical activity participation; relationships with local clubs have been strengthened, improving access to opportunities, and inactive or physically disengaged children have become more receptive to the idea that there is an activity for everyone thereby discretely raising the profile.

Huw Griffiths, Project Manager (Children & Young People) at Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, "Primary PE and extra-curricular opportunities are an important consideration for inspiring a generation to build lifelong physical activity habits."

"The Primary PE and Sport Premium funding has huge potential for improving children's experiences of PE and extra-curricular activities at primary school. We have been overwhelmed with the quality of applications for this year's PPSP awards and delighted to hear about the positive ways in which the fund has been utilised."

For more information and support around the PE and Sport Premium, please visit https://www.activehw.co.uk/primary-pe or contact Huw Griffiths on huw.griffiths2@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 542033.

Tags: Funding, Herefordshire, Primary PE, Worcestershire