Impact of Sports Funding 2017-18

The funding of release time for PE leader has allowed him to oversee the comprehensive
PE action plan for the school and also to be the chair of the SEN PE forum. This has ensured that we as a school have been aware of and involved in as many sports related activities across the county as possible including Level 2 and 3 games.

In KS 2 we have attended L3 tournaments in Panathlon and TriGolf . At KS3 we participated in L3 Football ,Boccia, Kwik Cricket and Athletics . We were represented at the Athletics by pupils from KS 2, 3 and 4. As a school we continue to host the KS2 L3 Archery tournament for Special schools. This is supported by Special Schools across the county and has become a fixture in the sporting calendar. Where possible we would like to develop opportunities for our older students to be involved in the event as hosts and Games Makers

We have funded additional days for PE lead to monitor and evaluate PE and to support staff CPD with the aim of peer support being developed across the Departments. This is also part of the succession planning for PE leadership across the school. In order to support provision for our hard to reach students the school hosted an in-service training day developed by the Youth Sports Trust aimed at increasing levels of engagement in PE sessions. From September 2018 we hope to use some of our CPD allocated time to provide staff with training and development in the running of a number of sports including some of the adapted sports which feature in the Sportsability framework.

Our inclusive cycling project, in which we worked closely with Active Gloucestershire, has continued to develop with trained staff now able to offer balanceability and general cycling skills development across the school. From September 2018 we intend to use part of our Sports Premium to more fully embed cycling within the curriculum by providing two of our staff a regular weekly slot on the timetable in order to continue to develop cycling from Early Years through to FE. Bikes are being maintained and replaced as necessary and a range of inclusive cycles continue to be available. During the current academic year we have acquired, through grant funding, two new fully motorised specialist cycles and had two of our existing specialist wheelchair bikes fully motorised. The necessary storage of the new fleet was paid for out of our PE premium. Staff have now been trained in the use of these cycles and there has been a fantastic uptake providing experiences and opportunities for most of our PMLD students. It has also allowed staff not previously involved in the cycling programme to become more active. Other special schools have regularly used our cycles, track and instructors to develop cycling skills for their pupils and the feedback from them has been very positive. We have begun to make the powered cycles available to other users and have recently provided training to staff and volunteers of thee Forest Pulse charity which will enable them to use the new equipment to broaden access during their summer club programme which is based at the school. The Sustrans Cycling for Schools initiative – ‘The Big Pedal ’is now a fixture in the school calendar.

We have continued to run lunchtime clubs including cricket, table cricket, archery and golf. The Primary Department have purchased a range of equipment to support lunchtime activities. The impact of this has been immense with a huge decrease in the amount of incident/accident reports being received across this department for this time slot. This shows that the pupils are more engaged during their lunch breaks, reducing the incidents of challenging behaviour. All of the pupils have taken part in the ‘daily mile’ at the beginning of the day and there has been a positive impact on fitness levels and pupils’ readiness to learn.

Archery has become a well established part of our PE curriculum with the purchase of a range of equipment. We have begun discussions with Deer Park Archery to extend our provision and try to involve ourselves in the Inter Schools Archery programme which is beginning to develop.

We have purchased the Winstrada award scheme and a hoist for access to the trampoline. The impact of this is that trampolining is fully inclusive and we can assess track, report and reward progress for individuals in this important area of physical development. In order to develop this further we would like to train a further 7 staff . This would help to spread provision across all key stages. We would consider the use of PE premium in this area as a matter of priority as and when training opportunities become available.

The school has always had a strong commitment to swimming across all key stages. The school has shown its’ commitment through the financial support it has provided. Increasing budgetary constraints has caused us to question the sustainability of the current model but there was a very strong consensus throughout of the value and importance to our pupils of this amenity. We have looked at a variety of ways of improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the current provision but recognise the negative impact that passing on the full cost to parents would have at this time. In order to continue for the present it has been agreed that funding for swimming could be partly met through the PE premium.

Developments planned for 2018-19
  • Funding to ensure the expansion of cycling instruction, increased storage capacity, maintenance and purchase of inclusive cycles and the assessment, recording and reporting of progress in balanceability.
  • Provision Of Teaching support cover in order to release trained staff to plan and deliver cycling across the whole school 
  • Staff CPD and support from PE lead to aid in skills development of non specialist staff for the provision of adapted sports.
  • Support for schools swimming programme. 
  • Football and Cricket coaching. 
  • Continued participation in level 3 games and interschool tournaments. 
  • Winstrada / Rebound Therapy training for interested staff