The school has used the extra money for physical education and sport very efficiently. The joint appointment of coaching staff across the school has had a good impact on pupils’ physical well-being and teachers’ expertise. Pupils now have more opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities in school and in the local community. Participation has risen and the school’s teams are often very successful.
At Short Wood we believe it is important for all children to be given the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, through both intra and inter sports competitions. The school aims to introduce children to a range of sporting activities and to encourage them to appreciate how such interests can “enrich” their lives.
We believe that Physical Education and sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. Physical Education and sport are central in giving children the knowledge and understanding in order to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. The physical education curriculum at Short Wood Primary School aims to provide children with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, is celebrated.
The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Short Wood.