All schools have had some extra funding given to them to promote PE, physical activity and healthy living. The government is concerned about the growing obesity levels, particularly in young children. By the time they leave primary school, nearly a third of pupils are overweight or obese. The funding is to be used to try to help prevent our young children from becoming obese and developing all the associated health problems that this causes later in life. This funding can be used in a variety of ways, e.g. after schools clubs, staff training and equipment.
At St Joseph’s we have used the funding in a variety of different ways:
Employed sport specific coaches to develop the children’s sport skills
Subsidised before/ after school sports clubs
Developed staff training in key areas such as assessment and gymnastics coaching
We are releasing staff to enable them to take children to sports events/ tournaments
Further develop the motor skills programme, training more staff to deliver it
Developing active play at lunchtimes with equipment to support this
Developing the role of young playleaders.
By training both children and staff, by providing and developing active play, we aim to ensure these improvements are sustained by giving staff and children relevant skills to lead active lifestyles.
To see how we have spent our sports grant in 2015-2016 and our future plans, please click here.
Our Sports News page has further information on the development of sport in our school.
If you have any other ideas, please do speak to Miss Nugent (our PE coordinator), and let us know your thoughts!