The Association for Physical Education, in its mission states clearly that ‘PE should be at the heart of school life’.
With our PE funding at Eton Park Junior: A de Ferrers Trust Academy, we aim to achieve this by raising the profile of PE throughout our school. Making links with our PRIDE values, we aim to use PE and Sport in the school to help children understand successful Partnerships, to be Respectful in matches to themselves and each other, to have the correct morals and Integrity, to be Determined to achieve the very best and to Excel in everything that they do.
In order to achieve this, we plan to:
1. Engage all pupils in regular physical activity.
2. Raise the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool to support whole school improvement.
3. Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
4. Broaden children’s experiences of a range of sports and activities and create links with clubs and organisations outside of school life.
5. To increase participation in competitive sport through the School Sports Partnership and our Academy Trust.
Since the Government PE funding has come in to action, from the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics, PE at Eton Park Junior has greatly improved. After school club participation has risen from 22% to 70% and we are hoping to raise this to further over the coming years through extra lunchtime clubs and extending our range of after school clubs on offer. We are also attending more inter school competitions than ever through the East Staffordshire School Sports Partnership (http://www.eaststaffssport.co.uk/about-us/) and have increased the amount of intra school competition within the school curriculum.
Additionally, we would also like to inspire more competition between the children through internal and external school competitions. We will be using some of our funding on transport to ensure that the children can access these opportunities. As a result of healthy competition situations, it is hoped that children will use their skills of working together in our Success for All lessons, and apply it to other areas of the curriculum to improve team work skills. We also believe that it is important that the children improve their core body skills and strengthen their understanding of physical education and what it means to them, which will be a focus through many of our PE lessons.
We continue to train year 6 pupils as Young Leaders to run clubs for the children at lunchtime which inspires competition with themselves and other children.
In order to achieve these targets, we work closely with the East Staffordshire Schools Sports Partnership and the de Ferrers Trust to improve the knowledge and understanding of our staff. This is achieved through CPD meetings as well as team teaching sessions.
Over the last few years, since the introduction of the Sports Premium money we have really raised the profile of PE and sports within the school. During the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15, we achieved the Bronze School Games Award and in the year 2015/16 we achieved the Silver Award. In the year 2016/17 we were proud and delighted to have been awarded the Gold Award, which shows our commitment to improving our standards in this area.