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PE and Sport Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

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School Sport Premium 2017-2018

(updated 23/3/18)

The funding has been used to raise curriculum standards and increase extra-curricular access to sport and physical activity.


Curriculum Standards

The largest proportion of the funding has been spent on involving Bristol Forever Sport at Birdwell School. Specialist coaches will work alongside class teachers to deliver a variety of sports throughout the school year. Each year group will receive at least one term of their support. The two coach model allows for session delivery and staff mentoring in planning, assessment and delivery. Current ongoing staff development will result in a sustainable legacy should funding levels or requirements change.  


We are continuing to use Real PE at Birdwell. All teachers will have the option of attending another two training sessions this academic year. The training will focus on delivering outstanding PE using Schemes of Work that focus on core skills (agility, balance and coordination), competition and cooperative learning. 


Teaching staff have had further development opportunities via our Ashton Park School Sport Partnership (SSP) membership. Funding has been used to pay for supply cover so that teachers can attend courses and partnership network days. Ashton Park SSP coaches have also visited Birdwell in order to jointly deliver curricular sessions, implement various pupil leadership programmes (Playground Leaders and Sport Leaders) and help prepare for extra-curricular competition. Later in the year, experts from Ashton Park SSP will lead a staff meeting focusing on implementing a new Physical Activity policy at our school.



Extra-Curricular Access

Our Ashton Park SSP membership also provides many and varied extra-curricular opportunities for our children. We are currently on target for every child in Year 2 and Key Stage 2 to represent Birdwell in an extra-curricular sporting competition at least once this academic year, with pupil premium children and less active children targeted as a priority. Most KS2 children will have represented Birdwell multiple times by the end of the academic year. Our efforts in this area were recognised last year during the annual Ashton Park SSP award evening; we received an award for having the highest participation rate. In addition to membership costs, the funding has also helped to pay for transport to enable children to travel to venues across Bristol.


Our in-house extra-curricular provision provides opportunities for all ages but funding has been allocated specifically to help children in EYFS, KS1 as well as those children who are less active and struggle to access mainstream sport. The focus of this multi-sport club is to increase physical activity levels.


Specialist Coaching

This year the funding has enabled all children from Year 2, 4 and 6 to participate in a termly block of gymnastics sessions delivered by a coach at The City of Bristol Gymnastics Academy.


The funding has also paid for all the children from Year 1, 3 and 5 to receive a four week block of specialist dance tuition.


For some of our Gifted and Talented pupils, funding has been allocated to pay for additional football coaching and specialist events.


Some of the funding money has also been allocated to fund booster swimming lessons for children in Year 5 and 6. Currently 94% of our Year 6 cohort are meeting the National Curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and are able to perform safe self-rescue. The 6% of children that have not currently achieved this have been attending weekly swimming sessions since September. We expect the figure to rise to 98% by the end of the 2017/2018 academic year.


Our partnership with Bristol University Sport has continued and elite student athletes continue to visit Birdwell giving our children an insight into high level sport coupled with higher education.


The funding is also contributing to the cost of cycle training delivered by Sole Cycling in Reception, Year 4 and Year 6.


Finally, to encourage physical activity, funding has also been used to pay for the cost of providing Forest School trained staff one afternoon per week.