PE AND SPORT FUNDING
This webpage fulfils our statutory obligation to publish details online of how we spend our PE and sport funding.
'The Physical Education (PE), School Sport and Physical Activity Programme Director ensures that the additional sport funding is extremely well used.' (Ofsted)
'I’ve never entered a school which had embedded a culture of Physical Activity more so than Clavering Primary School: a pioneer for Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) across the country, operating in a local authority with very little opportunities.' Clavering Primary School is 'a beacon of best practice for all things PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.' (Jordan Stephenson, Regional Development Officer, Youth Sport Trust)
'The Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) provision provided by Clavering Primary School is exceptional.' and 'It is fantastic to see how the School Games values and passion for the subject are embedded across the school and embraced by all students, members of staff and governors.' (Kate Robinson, Hartlepool School Games Organiser)
Clavering Primary School is 'a stellar example of what is possible through PESSPA' and 'there are few schools out there doing as much as Clavering; plus what is so special at Clavering is that it is embedded and led by pupils.' (Stuart Kay, Schools Director, Youth Sport Trust)
This video was put together by members of our PESSPA team and PESSPA pupil leaders in 2018-2019.
Anyone visiting Clavering Primary School can see the impact that the government’s PE and sport funding has had in allowing us to develop the Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme. This programme now brings benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond and, year on year, is helping to transform our children’s lives for the better.
Please click here to access our action plan for the current academic year.
Working with the Department for Education, Department of Health and international, national and local organisations:
During the 2013-2014 academic year, we were invited by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to work on a national innovation project, sharing best practice and the impact of the PE and sport funding. This resulted in a case study, partly written by Clavering, which is now available on the YST website.
In October 2014, the Department for Education contacted Clavering to inform us that we had been selected as an outstanding example nationally of how best to use the PE and sport funding. We were asked by the DfE to write a case study for the government which is now being used as an example of best practice.
In June 2015, we were contacted by the Youth Sport Trust to support the work that they were doing with Sports Coach UK, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the County Sports Partnership Network and Sport England on effective use of the PE and sport funding to inform ministers in the Department for Education and Department of Health about progress to date.
In July 2015, we were asked to join the Youth Sport Trust’s Headteacher Ambassador Network which is a powerful and influential voice in promoting the role of physical education, school sport and physical activity as agents for school improvement.
In September 2015, we were invited to become an Ambassador School for the Active Schools initiative (a global initiative set up by Nike INC and backed in the UK by a variety of organisations including the YST, British Heart Foundation, Fit For Sport and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine).
In October 2015, we were approached by Tees Valley Sport to write a case study for the Department for Education and Department of Health in association with Tees Valley Sport, Sport England, the County Sports Partnership Network, the YST, the AfPE, Sports Coach UK and UK Active Kids about the effective use of the PE and sport funding.
In January 2016, we were approached by Tees Valley Sport to be a guest speaker at the Tees Valley Primary Schools' PE and School Sport Conference, sharing our journey with a specific focus on competitive sport for all.
Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, we were honoured that a case study that we wrote with the Youth Sport Trust was used as an example of best practice in their 'The Power of an Active School' training sessions that were rolled out nationally.
In November 2017, we were delighted to find out that our application to become a‘Lead Health & Wellbeing School with the Youth Sport Trust was successful. This is a new programme from the YST who are looking to establish a national network of lead schools that are committed to maximising the use of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and achievement. We are in the early days of this initiative that will see Clavering be a part of a network of schools that will participate in national action research focused on health and wellbeing.
In November 2017, we were delighted to find out that our application to become a ‘Lead Health & Wellbeing School with the Youth Sport Trust was successful. This is a relatively new programme from the YST who have established a national network of lead schools that are committed to maximising the use of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and achievement.
In January 2018, Mr McAvoy was invited to be a keynote speaker at Tees Valley Sport's biennial Tees Valley Primary Schools' PE and School Sport Conference; this time sharing our ongoing mission to reduce sedentary behaviour and embed increased physical activity into the culture and structure of the school day.
In January 2018, we successfully applied to be a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador School. This is a small, select group of leading schools who are nationally recognised for their use of the power of PE, school sport and physical activity to impact on wider school achievement.
In April 2018, we were asked to join the new Tees Valley PESSPA Headteacher Alliance, aimed at further promoting and developing PE, school sport and physical activity (including the wider benefits of PESSPA) across the Tees Valley.
In November 2018, we were asked to present our strategy for increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour at the National School Games Organisers’ Conference. This conference was attended by 450 School Games Organisers who work with 21,000 schools. Since speaking at this conference, we have been inundated by requests from School Games Organisers and School Sport Partnerships for further information.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, we spoke at a number of School Sport Partnership Conferences, sharing our journey to becoming a more physically active school and the impact this has had on pupils' physical and mental health.
In June 2019, we wrote a case study with the Youth Sprt Trust about the impact of our Girls Active Programme - we were one of the first primary schools in the country to become a Girls Active School.
It is an honour to be working with these major organisations to showcase the impact of the government’s PE and sport funding and provide the Department for Education and Department of Health with qualitative and quantitative evidence of the positive impact of the funding.
WHAT IS THE PE AND SPORT FUNDING?
The Department for Education’s vision for the PE and sport funding is: ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following objective: to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (above) that will live on well beyond the PE and sport funding.
Further background information:
In April 2013, the Government announced new PE and sport funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and sport – often referred to in the media as a ‘Sport Premium’. This funding is intended to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
When asked about the PE and sport funding at its launch, Lord Coe reflected: ‘When I stood up in Singapore in 2005, I spoke of London’s vision to connect young people with the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. By focussing on primary schools, we have the opportunity to use sport and physical activity to shape the daily lives of young people. I know from my own experience what an impact teachers and their engagement can have on the lives of young people.’
In February 2014, former Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that the funding will continue until 2020, emphasising that: ‘Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond - it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.’
In July 2017, the Department for Education confirmed that the PE and sport funding would double from September 2017.
Details of payments to Clavering:
Following the government’s funding formula, we have been awarded:
- £5,717 for the period September 2013 to March 2014;
- £3,608 for the period April 2014 to August 2014;
- £5,518 for the period September 2014 to March 2015;
- £3,942 for the period April 2015 to August 2015;
- £5,565 for the period September 2015 to March 2016;
- £3,975 for the period April 2016 to August 2016;
- £5,525 for the period September 2016 to March 2017;
- £3,946 for the period April 2017 to August 2017;
- £11,048 for the period September 2017 to March 2018;
- £7,954 for the period April 2018 to August 2018;
- £11,136 for the period September 2018 to March 2019;
- £7,992 for the period April 2019 to August 2019;
- £11,188 (estimated allocation) for the period September 2019 to March 2020.
HOW ARE WE SPENDING OUR PE AND SPORT FUNDING?
Clavering Primary School is currently a full member of the Youth Sport Trust (YST); membership of which is paid using part of our PE and sport funding. We believe that the YST is the best organisation from which we can employ expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and areas for development in PE, school sport and physical activity, and implement plans for improvement. Other motivating factors for being a full member of the YST include accessing high quality professional learning opportunities; accessing support and resources; being part of a national network of schools; and supporting a national voice for PE, school sport and physical activity.
In line with governmental expectations, we focus our funding on five key indicators:
- the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement;
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
- increased participation in competitive sport;
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
We are using our funding to improve these five areas as follows:
THE PROFILE OF PE AND SPORT BEING RAISED ACROSS THE SCHOOL AS A TOOL FOR WHOLE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Clavering Primary School appreciates that ‘academic attainment and quality of leadership [are] generally better in those schools with strong sport provision’ (Ofsted, 2014) and that there is ‘an overall positive association between the quality of provision of competitive sport and academic attainment in schools’ (Ofsted, 2014).
Our achievement in 'using high quality PE and school sport as a catalyst for learning' is rated as GOLD by the Youth Sport Trust.
At Clavering Primary School, the Clavering PESSPA Programme is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence. We take the Clavering PESSPA Programme very seriously, investing in it and seeing it as central to our school culture and ethos. A key reason why we invest in and value PE, school sport and physical activity is the wider benefits we believe it brings in developing the ‘whole person’ and developing a ‘culture of success’.
The drive to excel in PE and sport and lead healthy, active lifestyles – encouraged throughout the school – helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically. As the mantra goes: schools that win on the field win in the exam hall. We have had researchers come to Clavering to investigate reasons for certain potentially vulnerable groups’ excellent academic performance and it has been encouraging to see that they have recognised the contribution of the Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Programme to our academic success and, even more importantly, our pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Experience has shown that the values our pupils develop in sport carry across into their academic work – commitment on the playing field is carried across into the exam room and beyond. These values include the Clavering Sports Values – determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the Clavering PESSPA Programme. Our programme instils these values, along with the qualities of hard work, commitment, self-discipline and resilience. The aim is for these personal qualities to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.
At Clavering, staff members, governors, families and pupils understand that the Clavering PESSPA Programme isn’t an optional extra; it is a key component in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence, the school ethos and academic excellence.
Following the launch of the Clavering PESSPA Programme and our continued efforts to grow the programme further (including the launch of our physical activity strategy in 2017), our teachers have found that pupils are concentrating more, focusing better and are less distracted during lessons. Attendance figures (particularly those associated with lateness) at school have also improved because nearly every pupil is coming in before the official start of the school day to participate in their ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions and pupils are keen to come to school, partly because of the dynamic and active culture of the school. This dynamic culture has been further enhanced by key staff members having access to training in active learning which has been disseminated to all teachers through INSET sessions. Examples of this training include the Youth Sport Trust's active literacy course, active maths course and active learning course (in which Clavering was used as an example of outstanding practice).
We have had researchers come to Clavering to investigate reasons for certain potentially vulnerable groups’ excellent academic performance and it has been encouraging to see that they have recognised the contribution of the Clavering PESSPA Programme to our academic success and, even more importantly, our pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Other than paying for our YST membership, our PE and sport funding is not particularly directed towards this area because of the continued investment in the leadership of the Clavering PESSPA Programme from the school's budget that was already in place prior to the launch of the PE and sport funding. We think that this is a very healthy and sustainable approach to take. Thankfully, our management of our school budget means that our PE and sport funding has not been required to fund the leadership aspect of the Clavering PESSPA Programme or the wage of our PESSPA-specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), meaning that the vast majority of our funding can be allocated to the other four indicators (see below). As anyone who knows anything about the Clavering PESSPA Programme will tell you, the programme requires a great deal of time, effort and dedication to run to the standard that it currently operates!
BROADER EXPERIENCE OF A RANGE OF SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES OFFERED TO ALL PUPILS
We overhauled the Clavering Curriculum for PE in 2011, increasing the range of sports used as contexts for learning in PE and placing the emphasis on Clavering staff members (rather than outside agencies and coaches) to deliver high quality PE and sport for two hours of timetabled PE every week. Our PE curriculum was further improved in September 2013, ready for and in advance of the launch of the new National Curriculum in September 2014. The curriculum was again tweaked in September 2017 in response to the new Youth Physical Development Model and our Fundamental Movement Skills framework. Within our curriculum, children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to experience over fifteen different sports as contexts for learning and, when combined with extra-curricular opportunities, children have the opportunity to participate in over twenty different sports, plus dance and outdoor adventurous activities (OAA).
The 'Quality of PE' and 'Quality of school sport' are both rated as being GOLD by the Youth Sport Trust.
As well as the short school-based OAA unit in Years 5 and 6, Clavering offers three progressive residentials (all of which are partly subsidised using the PE and sport funding):
- a two-day (one-night) camp in Year 4;
- a three-day (two-night) OAA-themed residential in Year 5;
- a five-day (four-night) OAA-themed residential in Year 6, linked to the children’s participation in the John Muir Award.
The impact of Clavering residentials on our participating pupils (typically, around 250 every year) cannot be underestimated for each child's development, particularly as they work towards the identified key learning outcomes of the Clavering Residential Programme.
Part of our PE and sport funding is used to purchase, replace and renew the resources required to deliver our PE curriculum across the school (including the physical development aspects of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum). This includes the purchasing of specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop new contexts for learning (for example, American football, handball and tri golf) and develop other sports contexts (e.g. purchasing additional sportshall athletics equipment and a variety of sizes of different sports balls to help with differentiation). We also invest a considerable amount of money annually into our Upper School swimming programme which includes additional swimming lessons for struggling swimmers in our Upper School because we are passionate about no child leaving Clavering as a ‘non-swimmer’; however, this money does not come from our additional PE and sport funding.
The impact of the PE and sport funding has helped us to develop a broad and balanced PE curriculum, that has been regularly revised and improved through additional research, training and resources; all of which has been possible because of the additional funding. Subsequently, PE continues to be one of the post popular and successful subject areas at Clavering Primary School.
We also offer our Upper School children the opportunity to watch high-quality live sport with these trips being subsidised using our PE and sport funding. In recent years, Clavering pupils have had the opportunity to watch international football, Women's Super League (WSL) football, international rugby union, international cricket and British Basketball League (BBL) basketball. All of these trips have been very inspirational for our pupils.
INCREASED CONFIDENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF ALL STAFF IN TEACHING PE AND SPORT
We aim to use a significant percentage of our PE and sport funding to fund training opportunities for staff, procuring quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE, the delivery of school sport and other physical activity opportunities, and the leadership and management of our PESSPA Programme. In recent years, we have been an active voice in pushing for PE, sport and physical activity training across our town and we are always looking at opportunities to further develop our staff members’ skills in delivering our PE curriculum and wider opportunities. Where necessary, CPD opportunities are funded using our PE and sport money.
The 'Quality of PE' and 'Quality of school sport' are both rated as being GOLD by the Youth Sport Trust.
In recent years, staff members have had the opportunity to complete training in fundamental movement skills, dance, games activities, athletics, Quad Kids athletics, Sportshall athletics, gymnastics, basketball, handball, football, tag rugby, rugby union, netball, hockey (quicksticks), kwik cricket, skipping, tri golf and tennis.
Examples of professional training for staff include:
- completing the 'How to coach the fundamentals of movement' course with UK coaching;
- researching how fundamental movement skills are taught in Australia, New Zealand and Canada (as part of our design and implementation of our Fundamental Movement Skills framework);
- training linked to the new Youth Physical Development Model;
- training linked to our Fundamental Movement Skills framework;
- working with a specialist gymnastics teacher (over the course of a full academic year) to construct an engaging and challenging gymnastics curriculum for Clavering (linked to our assessment milestones for gymnastics) which ensures progression from Year 1 to Year 6 through six six-lesson blocks;
- working with a specialist dance teacher (over the course of a full academic year) to construct an engaging and challenging dance curriculum for Clavering (linked to our assessment milestones for dance) which ensures progression from Year 1 to Year 6 through six six-lesson blocks;
- working with the Football Association to give members of staff the opportunity to complete the FA Primary Teacher Award;
- completing the Youth Sport Trust Key Stage 1 PE course (which we were part of organising and offering to all Hartlepool schools);
- completing the Youth Sport Trust Key Stage 2 PE course (which we organised and offered to all Hartlepool schools);
- completing England Athletics' 'Teaching Primary Schools Athletics: Run, Jump, Throw' workshops (which we organised and offered to all Hartlepool schools);
- completing the Youth Sport Trust Active Schools course (which Clavering was featured in as an example of outstanding practice);
- attending (and, increasingly, contributing to) regional and national conferences.
We continue to work with the Youth Sport Trust, Tees Valley Sport, British Athletics, Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association, Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Durham County Council, Dyke House College, High Tunstall College and our School Games Organiser (Kate Robinson) to source quality training opportunities.
The impact of all of these CPD opportunities (including in-house support from specialist staff) has been increased teacher confidence and expertise which has led to improved outcomes for our pupils as well as increased appetite to teach PE (from our staff) and study PE (from our pupils).
In terms of the staff members responsible for leading our PESSPA Programme, Mr McAvoy (PESSPA Programme Director) has completed a Masters in Education, the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism; Mrs Jorgenson (former TLR for PE and The Arts) has completed the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML); and Mr Savage (current TLR for PE, PSHEE and The Arts) has also completed the NPQML. In addition, Mr McAvoy is a founding member of the Tees Valley PESSPA Headteacher Alliance, a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust and regularly contributes to local and national conferences and summits. We now hope to be able to provide the opportunity for our PESSPA HLTA Mr Stoddart to complete his Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism and for Mr McAvoy to complete his Level 6 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership. Qualifications that have a direct link to our PESSPA Programme (the Level 5 Certificate, Level 6 Certificate and NPQML if it has a PESSPA focus) are funded using our PE and Sport funding and it is very advantageous to be able to invest in the leadership of our PESSPA Programme. We believe that the impact of our increased focus on the leadership of our PESSPA Programme has led to increased and better opportunities for our pupils and staff, improved pedagogy and subject knowledge, and the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the 'national picture' (particularly with our various involvements with the Youth Sport Trust).
INCREASED PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE SPORT
The Olympic Legacy is certainly very much alive at Clavering!
We are incredibly proud to be the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded GOLD Status of the School Games Mark, GOLD Status of the Youth Sport Trust Kitemark, the new PLATINUM Status of the School Games Mark and a national Community Education Award for our outstanding Clavering PESSPA Programme.
Within school, we organise intra-school sports competitions for children of all ages and abilities and, as a result of our outstanding practice and commitment to school sport, we were asked by the Youth Sport Trust to help develop intra-school sport and the 'School Games' programme across the country.
In 2013-2014, we ran our 'Clavering Commonwealth Games' which involved all children from Nursery up to Year 6. This, essentially, established a house (or, in our case, a country) system to enable regular, intra-country sports competitions for pupils of all ages. In 2014-2015 we ran our 'Clavering Cup of the Americas' and in 2015-2016 we ran our 'Clavering Olympics'. From September 2016, we introduced the 'Clavering School Games Cup' which ties in with the Clavering House System (launched in the same academic year) and sees pupils compete for the same team throughout their time at Clavering. Our embedded whole-school system ensures that 100% of Clavering pupils compete in intra-school competitive sport and a significant percentage of children take up leadership roles as part of our intra-school competitive sport programme.
In addition to our 'Clavering School Games Cup', the facilities we have invested in on our school playgrounds and school field (particularly our many football goals) ensure that the large majority of pupils have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport during playtimes and lunchtimes.
In terms of inter-school sport, Clavering children are provided with outstanding opportunities to represent the school in a variety of sports competitions. In recent years, we have competed in eighteen different sports formats across a variety of year groups. We are delighted with the success that we have enjoyed in cluster, town and Tees Valley Competitions and how opportunities to compete for Clavering are now available to larger than ever numbers of pupils from Reception to Year 6 with over 90% of children in our Year 6 cohorts having represented Clavering in competitive sport every year since the sport funding was first launched in 2013 and we now consistently reach 100% of pupils in Year 6 cohorts representing us in competitive sport. This is being achieved despite there not being a School Sport Partnership in Hartlepool and there only being one part-time Hartlepool School Games Organiser.
Part of our PE and sport funding is used to fund the competitive sport strand of our activities with the North Hartlepool Family of Schools (NHFoS). For example, in our annual NHFoS’ Summer Games (that we have won every year) over one hundred Clavering children from Reception to Year 6 compete for the school in athletics events. We have particularly pushed for the NHFoS to focus on potentially vulnerable groups (for example, girls) and a wider age range of children (for example, in 2016-2017 the Clavering School Games Organising Crew ran multi-sports mornings for over 140 pupils in Years 3-4).
Another part of our PE and sport funding is used to pay for our membership of the Hartlepool Primary Schools’ Football Association (HPSFA). We try and give as many children the chance as possible to compete in inter-school competitive football and we have had thirteen teams in recent years represent the school: Year 6 A Team, Year 6 B Team, Year 5 A Team, Year 5 B Team, Upper School Girls’ A Team, Upper School Girls' B Team, Middle School Girls’ Team, Year 4 A Team, Year 4 B Team, Year 4 Mixed Team, Year 3 Mixed Team, Year 2 Mixed Team and our HUCSF Penalty Team.
A significant percentage of our PE and sport funding is used to fund our Cluster Sport Partnership. Success in our cluster competitions gives children the chance to compete in town finals and, from this, county-level finals. Increasingly, because of the insatiable appetite of our children to compete for the school, our cluster is providing opportunities for more than one team per school to be able to participate in differentiated tournaments and festivals. For example, we now provide opportunities for B, C and D tag rugby teams; B, C and D netball teams; B multi-skills teams; B athletics teams; B cricket teams; B and C tri golf teams; and larger numbers of pupils in our cross country and athletics competitions.
Since the launch of the PE and sport funding, Clavering children have enjoyed huge success in cluster, NHFoS and town-wide competitions and our Clavering sports superstars have reached county-level finals in a staggering SEVENTEEN different sports formats (many, now, on multiple occasions)! This is an outstanding achievement! We are proud to be regarded as one of the consistently most successful schools in the Tees
Finally, part of our PE and sport funding is used to pay for transport costs, insurance costs, sports kits and specialist equipment as necessary. With the amount of competitive sport that we do, this is a big financial commitment!
THE ENGAGEMENT OF ALL PUPILS IN REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - KICK-STARTING HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
Over the last few years, we have continued to increase the range of additional opportunities for our pupils to be active during playtimes, lunchtimes and after-school. We are increasingly focusing on our commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff through physical activity, aiming to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities).
The 'quality of physical activity' at Clavering Primary School is rated as being GOLD by the Youth Sport Trust and, because of our commitment and success in promoting active, healthy lifestyles, we have been invited to become an Ambassador School for the ‘Active Schools’ initiative (a global initiative set up by Nike INC and backed in the UK by a variety of organisations including the YST, British Heart Foundation, Fit For Sport and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine). In addition, we are now a 'Lead Health & Wellbeing School' with the Youth Sport Trust. This programme is establishing a national network of lead schools that are committed to maximising the use of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and achievement.
At Clavering, all staff members know that they have a responsibility to promote active, healthy lifestyles and our school staff body is full of positive role models who lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Having consulted with families, pupils and staff, we launched our Clavering 30:30 Physical Activity Strategy in July 2017 with the aim of ensuring that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes during every school day and that no Clavering pupil is sedentary for longer than thirty minutes during any school day. This is being achieved in a strategic, systematic and fun way that promotes both active breaks and active learning. For example, our ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions provide daily opportunities to improve strength and fitness through a programme that we have designed ourselves that covers core, upper body and lower body strength as well as cardiovascular fitness. Part of our PE and sport funding has been used to purchase and develop resources for our additional physical activity opportunities, including active learning, active breaks and our 'Get Up, Get Active' sessions.
The impact of our physical strategy is that we know that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes in school every day. Following the introduction of our physical activity strategy, our teachers have found that pupils are concentrating more, focusing better and are less distracted during lessons. Attendance figures have benefited because nearly every pupil comes in before the official start of the school day to participate in their ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions. Over time, we also expect to see improvements in our pupils’ fitness levels and strength. We have designed a strength and fitness measurement system that is tracking progress in this area and, so far, results are improving across the school.
Amongst our pupils, a significant percentage of our Upper School pupils are trained PESSPA Leaders who help to run playtime, lunchtime and after-school clubs. In addition, our School Games Organising Crew (a team of Year 6 pupils) plays an important role in promoting healthy, active lifestyles and in managing our competitive sport programme.
In addition to our school sport training, we run daily breaktime and lunchtime clubs and activities. Some of these sessions target specific groups of pupils, e.g. children who need additional physical literacy input or children who are considered to be less active. All of our breaktime and lunchtime initiatives are organised freely by Clavering staff members, but part of our PE and sport funding is used to purchase resources (including our extensive range of goalposts) for the different activities. After-school, we run PESSPA clubs every day and, again, part of our PE and sport funding is used to purchase resources. A large percentage of Clavering pupils participate in our breaktime, lunchtime and after-school activities and the number of pupils participating in extra-curricular PESSPA activities has increased significantly since the launch of the PE and sport funding.
We are keenly aware that, nationally, there are vulnerable groups of pupils who are not engaged in PE and/or active lifestyles; as a school, we aim to ensure that this isn’t the case at Clavering. For example, Clavering girls are widely regarded for their commitment to and enthusiasm for PE, sport and active lifestyles and we are honoured to have been awarded ‘Girls active’ status for our commitment to and success in engaging and retaining girls in physical activity and we have used part of PE and sport funding to participate in 'Girls active' training for staff and pupils and we have a highly-skilled, committed team of 'Girls active' leaders who are involved in leading clubs and activities, including our termly 'Girls Active' afternoons.
As a school, we are conscious of how we can ensure that our children continue to be active outside of school and, in particular, continue to lead healthy, active lifestyles when they leave Clavering. We are always very keen to develop partnerships with and advertise the work of local sports clubs, dance and performing arts schools and other organisations who promote healthy, active lifestyles. This work is increasingly done through our PESSPA Twitter account (@ClaveringBolt) and we are delighted with the large number of Clavering children who are involved in sports clubs and dance/performing arts schools outside of school.
WHO CAN I SPEAK TO FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?
For further information about the Clavering PESSPA Programme and the PE and sport funding, please see:
- Mr McAvoy (Deputy Headteacher, Clavering PESSPA Programme Director, Clavering School Games Organiser (SGO), Clavering Primary Link Teacher (PLT), Youth Sport Trust Link Teacher, North Hartlepool Family of Schools’ Network Facilitator, Active Schools Ambassador, Member of the Tees Valley PESSPA Headteachers' Alliance, Member of the Youth Sport Trust Headteacher Ambassadors' Network);
- Mr Savage (Subjects Leader for PE, PSHEE and The Arts - TLR Post);
- Mrs Bellamy (PE Subject Coordinator);
- Mr Rycraft (Link Governor).
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their Year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to 1) swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, 2) use a range of strokes effectively and 3) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools.
Currently, we are a partner school of Aqua Force Swimming Academy and, as part of our Clavering Curriculum for PE, all of our Year 5 pupils have a full term of swimming lessons at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in either the Autumn or Spring Term (depending on which Year 5 class they are in). In addition, in the Summer Term we fund additional lessons for Upper School children who have not met the national curriculum requirements for swimming. If necessary, a child will access three terms of swimming lessons to help him/her meet the requirements (Autumn or Spring Term in Year 5, Summer Term in Year 5 and Summer Term in Year 6), totalling a year's worth of lessons. None of this is funded using the additional PE and sport money; therefore, we know that this is approach is sustainable and can continued to be accessed by all pupils (as required).
100% of our most recent Year 6 cohort met all three national curriculum requirements for swimming. 13% of those pupils benefited from three terms worth of swimming lessons.
We actively encourage our pupils to start to learn to swim long before they reach Year 5. Hartlepool's 'Learn to swim' programme can be accessed by clicking on this link: