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Sports Premium Spend

Birdwell School receives extra funding to help improve the provision of PE and Sport for its pupils.  The PE and Sport Premium funding should be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity that the pupils have access to and are encouraged to participate in.


Our school leaders are responsible for deciding how the PE and Sport Premium funding is spent.  Our plans are directed at securing improvements against the following 5 key indicators:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport


Further information is available from the Department of Education website about PE and Sport Premium.  

School Sport Premium 2019-20


The funding received in 2019-20 was used to raise curriculum standards and increase extra-curricular access to sport and physical activity. Details are summarised below.


Curriculum Standards

The largest proportion of the funding was spent involving Bristol Forever Sport at Birdwell School. Specialist coaches worked alongside class teachers to deliver a variety of sports up until March 2020. It was planned that each year group would have received at least one term of their support. The two coach model allowed for session delivery and staff mentoring in planning, assessment and delivery. Ongoing staff development will result in a sustainable legacy should funding levels or requirements change.  


We have continued to use Real PE at Birdwell. In February 2020, all teachers had further training in Real PE to ensure a high standard of delivery. The training focused on delivering outstanding PE using Schemes of Work that focus on core skills (agility, balance and coordination), competition and cooperative learning. The teachers all now have access to Jasmine, the Real PE online learning platform.


Teaching staff have had further development opportunities via our Ashton Park School Sport Partnership (SSP) membership. Funding was used to pay for supply cover so that teachers could 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.  



Extra-Curricular Access

Our Ashton Park SSP membership has once again provided many and varied extra-curricular opportunities for our children. Pre Covid-19, we were on target for every child in Year 2 to Year 6 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 would have represented Birdwell multiple times by the end of the academic year. Our efforts in this area were recognised in 2018/2019; where we received our School Games Gold Award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport- we were on a similar trajectory in 2019/2020. The funding also helped to pay for transport to enable children to travel to venues across Bristol, supply costs to provide teacher release for daytime events and pre-competition coaching. 


Our in-house extra-curricular provision provided opportunities for all ages but funding was directed 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 was to increase physical activity levels. The theme of the multi-sport club changed termly to reflect the target group of children attending. 



Specialist Coaching

This year the funding would have 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 and all children from Year 1, 3 and 5 to receive a four week block of specialist dance tuition. The national lockdown meant that only half of the proposed classes received these opportunities. 


For some of our Gifted and Talented pupils and SEN pupils, funding was allocated to pay for additional coaching and attendance at specialist events.


Money was used to fund booster swimming lessons for children in Year 5 and 6.  Approximately 91% of our Year 6 cohort met 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 before leaving for secondary school. The 9% of children that did not achieve this were due to have a further block of booster swimming sessions. We would have expected this figure to rise to approximately 95% by the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.


Our partnership with Bristol University Sport continued and we would have welcomed elite student athletes to  Birdwell in the spring/ summer of 2020 with the aim of giving our children an insight into high level sport coupled with higher education. Funding was also earmarked to cover the cost of cycling training delivered by Life Cycle UK for children in Year 4 and Year 6.


To encourage physical activity and healthy eating, funding was used to pay for the cost of providing Forest School and gardening resources. Chartwells, our school catering company, provided healthy eating workshops for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 5.


The under-spend caused by Covid-19 was used to pay for additional online resources to aid adapted PE delivery, replenish whole school PE equipment stocks that have been diminished as consequence of Covid-19, create a permanent Daily Mile course and used for booster swimming sessions (the number of children not yet attaining the National Curriculum in Year 6 swimming requirement is higher than usual due to the extended break in provision).