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For the academic year 2020/21, the Government has provided primary schools with a Sports Premium Fund. This initiative has been set up to promote increased participation and competition and to widen the sporting opportunities in primary schools. Great Dunmow Primary school has been allocated an amount of £19,666 for 2020/21.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is continued to provide funding for the academic year of 2020/21 to provide, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the Funding
Schools 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 are:-
Great Dunmow Primary School – Sports Funding 2020/21
Our Sports Funding 2020/21 is used to employ MRFA coaches as our Sports teachers. These coaches work with the teachers to support the children during PE in the afternoons and ensure that the quality of provision allows pupils to develop and excel. Through using MRFA coaches, our provision is sustainable as each teacher is currently being upskilled by working alongside this team. This totals £4,920 (as at February 2021) from our Sports Premium Budget.
We have also spent a portion of our funding on a lunchtime sports coach. The children have the opportunity of taking part in sporting activities during lunchtime, to allow them to develop and grow and to provide training for upcoming sports events. This totals £1,947.35 (as at February 2021) from our Sports Premium Budget.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, we have an amount of £12,798.45 unspent (as at February 2021) as MRFA and the pupils have not been in school for much of the year. We will carry the unspent amount forward into the next financial year.
The impact of Sports Premium
The Governors agree that they money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of sporting ability, that staff have access to working alongside specialist and have opportunities for training and learning, whilst opportunities are given to all children to compete in tournaments and competitions. Our funding is used to enable our children to compete, learn and benefit from extra sports activities. We employ MRFA coaches using the Sports funding to give the children, along with assistance from the teachers, extra time for sports as well as their timetabled PE lessons. The increase in clubs and engagement in sport has seen the participation rise each year, whilst the profile of PE has been raised as a result of this.
Any funds not used in any current year are carried forward to the next.