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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust

Sports Premium

 

 sport premium 2016 - 2017

Larwood School is a primary school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and all pupils have an Educational Health Care Plan. Pupils are referred to us as part of a panel system organised by Hertfordshire. We have capacity for 64 day pupils. As part of our provision, we are also a residential school and this operates from Monday through until Friday, with pupils returning home at the weekends. We are the only residential (primary) special school for SEMH pupils in the county. Our pupils display the following characteristics:

  • They have all experienced exclusion and at least 1 term away from education.
  • 2 pupils last year attended 5 schools. 1 pupil has been at 4 schools. 19 pupils had been at 3 schools and the rest of the cohort had been at 2 schools. Therefore, 36% of the cohort had been at, at least two schools before Larwood.
  • Although all pupils have SEMH as their designated need, ASD ranged between 50% and 80% in different year groups, and those pupils with 2 or more indentified needs within their statement ranged from 50%-83%. We continued to employ a Family and Community Engagement Worker (specialist work undertaken in the community), School Counsellor, and our own school based Family Support Worker.
  • In year referrals meant that the size and dynamics of every year group changed during the year. This varied from the lowest amount of change for Year 6 with 22%, Year 5-29%, Year 4-45%, Year 3-43% and Years 1 and 2-100% of pupils were new during the year.

Continuation of high class, Wave 1 teaching

All of our pupils have experienced school break down. Therefore, every element of their curriculum has been affected by this, including PE. Alongside every other curriculum subject, we aim to promote revitalised engagement and progress by our teaching. Many of our pupils have greater confidence and ability in areas of sport, yet for some it remains a major challenge.

 This will be reviewed by lesson observations, pupil voice, participation rates and assessment of progress. Consistency of staffing is a key consideration for our pupils.

(School Development Plan-Progress, well being and sustainability)

Evaluation:

Lesson observations for Physical Education ran alongside the whole school approach and calendar for such events. As Physical Education lessons are provided by J and C Academy, they also observed their own member of staff with our staff and independently. Within our self evaluation program, we do not highlight nay individual as part of the process, but an oversight of all lesson observations is available via:

  • What we know about ourselves
  • Teaching, learning and assessment report

We continue to be delighted with the standard and quality of delivery in this area and further details relating to observations are available from the Headteacher. A period of absence due to injury caused some concern in systems operated by J and C, however, these have now been rectified. Assessment of individual progress made with pupils was conducted via lesson observation evaluation.

Actions:

  • Ensure that continuity for our SEMH pupils is provided by regular ‘drop in’ sessions from the substitute teacher so that there are no surprises when cover is needed.
  • Enhance the assessment system for PE so that individual progress is tracked and monitored in greater detail.

Curriculum review and entitlement

The curriculum will be adjusted to incorporate the following where possible:

  • Rugby coach delivered sessions on Thursdays (Saracens Rugby Club In association with Stevenage Sporting Futures)-DFE example of how you could use this funding.
  • Review of swimming provision and continuation of model delivery as in 14/15 if at all possible.
  • Use of local facilities/different sports to enhance the curriculum offer and motivation of pupils –*DFE example of how you could use this funding

This will be reviewed by lesson observations, pupil voice, participation rates and assessment of progress, alongside external provider input.

(School Development Plan-Progress, well being and sustainability)

Evaluation:

It was possible to extend the curriculum provision during 2015/16 via a Saracens rugby club project, and some extra-curricular clubs. The Saracens project was a resounding success and has been evaluated. This is available in:

What we know about ourselves

What we know about ourselves-rugby intervention project

Swimming did not take place in the same manner as the previous year, due to the new Physical Education teacher not being qualified in this area. There were some recreational swimming opportunities, however, this was not to the level or quality that we would want.

Our curriculum was enhanced by use of the following facilities/venues and coaching opportunities:

  • Fairlands Valley Outdoor Education centre-Friday afternoons. Qualified staff leading various outdoor challenge type activities such as crate stacking and high ropes. This team also led 6 week courses for sailing and canoeing
  • Gosling Ski Centre. 6 week course for pupils to learn skiing
  • Stevenage Lesiure Zone-Bowling. Reward activity
  • Stevenage Leisure Zone-360 Play area. Reward activity
  • Dragon Boat racing. Inter school competition across Stevenage
  • Larwood School site. Use of facilities to deliver football, basketball, football golf, tag rugby, fitness, athletics, sports day, dance, gym,
  • Ware Outdoor Education centre for use of high ropes and team challenge activities-reward activity
  • Golf centre –Stevenage Leisure Zone-reward activity

Actions:

  1. Explore options to get current J and C academy member trained to deliver swimming or source swim lessons from elsewhere
  2. Seek to continue to gain additional sports courses via the Stevenage Sporting Futures Trust

Review of the events associated with the House program

This has composed of intra-house school based events (such as sports day) and supplementary events connected to curriculum content (Pancake relays).

(School Development Plan-Progress and well being)

This will be reviewed by internal review as part of the schools self evaluation process.

Evaluation:

There was a mix of events for this area and it was pleasing to see that some non sporting events took place alongside the sporting ones. It remains a vital part of our school and a successful area for some pupils when compared to other areas of school life. Events that took place included:

  • Sports Day
  • Cake making for the Queens anniversary celebration lunch-new
  • Singing assemblies-new and weekly event
  • Maths Challenge-new
  • Poetry relating to Armistice day.

Actions:

  1. To consider the extension of sporting related activities to supplement above

Consider extra curriculum enhancement via the trialling of an after school club

(School Development Plan-Well being)

This will be reviewed by internal review as part of the schools self evaluation process.

Evaluation:

A member of staff did trial this as the year progressed and it was received positively by a small number of pupils and parents. Clubs included a sports club, gardening, and forensic science. This type of activity causes some issues due to the fact that so many pupils arrive at our school in taxis. Although recognised as an issue, we didn’t let that stop us!

Actions:

Extension of activities for 16/17

Trial combination of day and residential pupils to help with flexibility of options, and social engagement for residential pupils.

How the sports premium will be used at Larwood School in 2016/17

  • To continue to provide high class PE provision via our allocated teacher from the J and C Academy. The associated cost for this is far greater that the total allocation of the grant.
  • Ensure that the regular PE teacher is supported by the back-up teacher at key points during the year, even if there is no need. This allows for greater continuity and understanding from our pupils. (Paid for as above)
  • Extension of sports related activities for the House points system. (£250)
  • Create consistent curriculum based opportunity for swimming delivered by our own staff  (£459 allocated for hire of pool, plus associated costs of teacher led lessons paid for as above)
  • Creation of opportunity for pupils as part of the Stevenage Sporting Futures program. (Cost £1500)
  • Creation of after school club opportunities which will also improve provision for residential pupils (Staff costs/resources £2000)

The opportunities created will cost in excess of the Premium allowance however, Physical Education has and will continue to play an important part of life at Larwood School for our pupils.

 Sport premium 2015 - 2016

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools

Purpose of funding (Updated by the DFE 2015- PE and sport premium for primary schools)

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • run sport competitions
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

How will Larwood School use the funding for 2015/16 (Approx £8000)

For many years, Larwood School has recognised the importance that Physical Education has for the general development of our pupils, their well-being and the associated links with progress and attainment in other areas. Our share of this fund is being used so that all of our pupils can benefit from the funding and experience high quality PE lessons and sporting activities, as well as continuing to train our staff to deliver such experiences.

Our review of our 2014/15 Sports Premium package noted the following additional areas to consider when planning for 2015/16:

  • Staffing. Due to maternity leave, we continue to employ Mr Osobu to deliver the PE curriculum. This will be reviewed as the year progresses
  • Curriculum content:
  1. Part of this year’s plan is to establish swimming training for the Mr Osobu to deliver the swimming curriculum for our pupils. Previous delivery by other staff (not from a special school background) proved to vary greatly in quality.
  2. Skills curriculum. Pupil voice indicated a need to review some of the activities offered both from an on-site perspective and off site perspective. Therefore, for example, we are seeking high quality rugby coaching and the use of a local ski centre as part of the skills curriculum for 15/16
  3. Ongoing use of horse riding as a specific intervention to support a number of pupils.
  4. Ongoing discussion with Stevenage sporting futures relating to competition requirements and the nature of cohorts
  5. Review of the House system related to sporting events, participation and impact upon teamwork and motivation.

Therefore the allocated finding will be used to support the following (Please note that it is not enough to pay for any of the following on its own):

Priority 1

Continuation of high class, Wave 1 teaching.

All of our pupils have experienced school break down. Therefore, every element of their curriculum has been affected by this, including PE. Alongside every other curriculum subject, we aim to promote revitalised engagement and progress by our teaching. Many of our pupils have greater confidence and ability in areas of sport, yet for some it remains a major challenge.

 This will be reviewed by lesson observations, pupil voice, participation rates and assessment of progress. Consistency of staffing is a key consideration for our pupils.

(School Development Plan-Progress, well being and sustainability)

Priority 2

Curriculum review and entitlement.

The curriculum will be adjusted to incorporate the following where possible:

  • Rugby coach delivered sessions on Thursdays (Saracens Rugby Club In association with Stevenage Sporting Futures)-DFE example of how you could use this funding.
  • Review of swimming provision and continuation of model delivery as in 14/15 if at all possible.
  • Use of local facilities/different sports to enhance the curriculum offer and motivation of pupils –*DFE example of how you could use this funding

This will be reviewed by lesson observations, pupil voice, participation rates and assessment of progress, alongside external provider input.

(School Development Plan-Progress, well being and sustainability)

Priority 3

Review of the events associated with the House program.  

This has composed of intra-house school based events (such as sports day) and supplementary events connected to curriculum content (Pancake relays).

(School Development Plan-Progress and well being)

This will be reviewed by internal review as part of the schools self evaluation process.

*DFE example of how you could use this funding

Priority 4

Consider extra curriculum enhancement via the trialling of an after school club

(School Development Plan-Well being)

This will be reviewed by internal review as part of the schools self evaluation process.

*DFE example of how you could use this funding

 Sport premium 2014 - 2015

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.

How will Larwood School use the funding for 2014/15 (Approx £8000)?

For many years, Larwood School has recognised the importance that Physical Education has for the general development of our pupils, their well-being and the associated links with progress and attainment in other areas. Our share of this fund is being used so that all of our pupils can benefit from the funding and experience high quality PE lessons and sporting activities, as well as continuing to train our staff to deliver such experiences.

Our provision includes:

Employment of qualified PE teacher. The member of staff concerned delivers PE lessons, runs lunchtime clubs, trains staff, organises and delivers specific intervention programmes for individual pupils as well as entering and training pupils for competitions where relevant. All areas of the national curriculum are taught and this often leads to opportunities to engage with a lunchtime club and in some sports, a Stevenage based competition. During 2014/15, our PE Teacher will be away on maternity leave, however, we have maintained our provision by using a PE specialist from the J and C Academy. The Sports Premium is used up in this area alone, with the rest of the cost coming from the schools budget. This cost alone includes all of the money allocated for Larwood School for Sports Premium.

Swimming lessons for pupils. Swimming is part of the national curriculum and therefore all pupils experience this and we pay for the hire of the pool and allocation of our PE teacher and support staff to aid pupil’s progress in this area. This currently takes place at St. Christopher’s Pool-Letchworth. £900 is allocated to this area.

Horse Riding Lessons. This takes place every week is a targeted provision for some of our pupils. (Approx. £300 is allocated for this area)

Skills Curriculum enhancement sessions. These take place every Thursday afternoon and they supplement existing Physical Education provision. For example, pupils have the opportunity to extend skills and knowledge relating to football and other major games, as well as using local facilities for outdoor and adventure education.

Stevenage Sporting Futures/Competitions. As mentioned above, we are an integral part of this programme and we pay to enter our pupils into as many events as possible. This will include mini-Olympics, dragon boat racing, cricket tournament, rugby tournament and cross country. We tend to be at a disadvantage for such events as we are such a small school and any year group may have only 10-15 pupils. However, this didn’t stop us from coming second in both the dragon and bell boat competitions in the summer of 2014! This is provided by our school budget. Approx. £300 is allocated to this area.

Specific Resources to support our House system and quality of PE lessons. We have introduced a House system in 2013, and pupils, staff and governors (apart from Mr Trimble-Headteacher) are in a House. The Houses are famous cricket grounds including Lords, Trafford, Headingly and Trent. Mrs Whitaker has identified extra provision for athletics as part of the Sports Premium spending for this year. (Approx. £1100 is allocated from the schools budget for this area)

Opportunities for residential pupils. Residential pupils have an active and pupil led session after school. Residential staff support and help to coach pupils in a range of activities including games on the astro turf, fitness and health related sessions as well as visits to local parks and leisure centres. This is funded via the residential budget.

Evaluation of the Sports Premium 2014/15

  • Employment of qualified PE teacher- This was achieved and its impact accessed via lesson observations, participation, assessments and pupil voice. The ability to provide quality, Wave 1 teaching in a primary special school is always a challenge but particularly for PE. Many primary teachers look upon PE as their least skilled area of curriculum knowledge and ability. Therefore it led Kelvin Kirk in The Journal for Physical Education to comment:
    ‘Sloan (2010:269) claims, 'there is considerable consensus that, in spite of the many excellent lifelines that have been thrown, primary PE is in serious trouble'. In fact, there is little evidence to support any claim that current Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) adequately prepares trainee primary school teachers to teach PE. Indeed, most evidence appears to be to the contrary (Price, 2008; Blair and Capel, 2008; Griffiths et al, 2009; Sloan, 2010).’
    Our PE teacher took maternity leave during the year and we were able to source an agency member of staff, initially as temporary cover. Our observations ensured that the level of delivery remained high for the year. Curriculum delivery was appropriate and pupils were able to express their development both in lessons and competitions. This included a gym and dance display, outdoor education residential trip, Bell Boat and Dragon boat races (Finishing in second place against mainstream primary schools within Stevenage)

    ACTION-2015/16-Review arrangements for delivery of the PE curriculum to ensure maintenance of quality entitlement of lesson delivery.
     
  • Swimming lessons for pupils. This took place for all pupils during this year. All pupils made progress and some made exceptional progress in water confidence and/or development of technique. Case Study 1 started as a pupil with complete fear of the water and not wanting to get in. After the 8 week course, they were able to swim a length of the pool. Case Study 2 had now fear of the water at all but couldn’t swim. They had discreet conversations about water safety, as well as developing technique to be able to swim with a float for the length of the pool. Case Study 3-Already a confident swimmer of their front but lacking technique, improved to incorporate good breathing technique and maintenance of style for longer periods of time. Therefore they could do a number of widths, with short rests after each one.

    ACTION
    -Review qualifications of maternity cover staff to establish if he can gain swimming teaching qualification for ongoing provision. If not consider alternative delivery models.
     
  • Horse Riding Lessons. A small group of pupils were taken to a local stable every week, and the group changed as the year progressed. They all passed a riding test delivered by the centre staff, and apart from one pupil managed the activity as expected. (One pupil received a specific intervention around safety whilst off site as this was needed)
     
  • Skills Curriculum enhancement sessions. A clear strength of the school’s curriculum, demonstrated by a skills curriculum review, observations and pupil voice. The physical element of this included football, golf, and team games.

    ACTION-Consider type of activity offered and use of specialist local provision to continue to increase motivation and engagement
     
  • Specific Resources to support our House system and quality of PE lessons. The additional specific equipment for athletics (indoor sprint turn boards) allowed all pupils to engage in high quality athletics lessons, supported by the appropriate resources to develop the technique and cardio vascular fitness associated with the event. This also led to increased motivation to take part in Sports day, whereby every pupil present on the day took part in at least one event. The House system went from strength to strength with not only sporting events, but also writing, drawing, pancake relays and points allocated for acts of kindness and consideration. The cup was presented to the winning team at the end of the year and they enjoyed a ‘one off’ trip as recognition of their efforts.

    ACTION-Review curriculum resources as part of annual evaluation program, identify any areas of specific need to action during new financial year.
     
  • Stevenage Sporting Futures/Competitions. This had limited success, due to a number of reasons. The most successful event was the Dragon and Bell boat competitions. We were unable to enter many of the other tournaments due to the gender rules associated with the events. As a school with only a small number of girls (usually between 5-8 out of 60), this is an ongoing issue.

    ACTION-Ongoing discussion with colleagues in the Sporting futures team around events and how a special school can engage or how they can support our pupils with provision
     
  • Opportunities for residential pupils. These continued as they have previously. They did not require specialist provision delivery.