Sports Premium:



Sports Premium Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing £150 million of ‘Sport Premium’ funding per annum (academic year) to primary/middle schools for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to support the delivery of KS2 PE & School Sport. This funding is ring fenced and Ofsted reports on the expenditure and its impact.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils (5-11yrs) receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil, per annum.

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their active participation in sports.

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

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At Birchensale we have received a total of just over £18,000 for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15. As a school we used the funding in the following ways:

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Employment of a PE apprentice:

Having an extra member of staff has allowed Birchensale to provide numerous new opportunities including support in PE lessons, Dance club, lunchtime activities to help improve behaviour on the playground, PE intervention for pupils not making expected progress (EDM) and raising the overall profile of the PE department through display work and the school Website.

Purchase of Equipment for use on the Playground at Lunchtimes

This has helped to provide more opportunities for pupils to be healthy and active during lunchtimes. Pupils’ behaviour has improved on the playground and in general they enjoy lunchtime in school.

Purchase of 2 rowing Machines to supplement the District machines on loan

Birchensale have been successful for many years, running an annual interhouse rowing competition, and have regularly won District events. Having new machines in school all year round has given us the chance to practice harder and raise the quality of our rowing.  This year for the first time we were able to enter the National Junior Rowing Championships, something we would never have been able to do without the Sports Premium Funding. 

The results speak for themselves:

  • Over 440 pupils using the rowing machines in school each year during fitness lessons and whole school competition
  • Before-school circuit training club attended by pupils from all year groups using rowers as a station improving fitness and reducing obesity
  • 50 pupils crowned as Redditch District Rowing champions over last 3 years in individual and team events
  • 7 pupils crowned as Worcestershire County Rowing champions over last 3 years
  • Participation in 2016 National Rowing Finals in London, Boys – 13th, 21st, 30th and 51st out of 230 pupils, Girls – 41st, 43rd, 70th and 91st out of 280 pupils

Purchase of 3 table tennis tables

This has allowed for a table tennis club to be started and for pupils to play during their lunch hours and at after school clubs. Birchensale Middle School entered the Redditch District table tennis competition for the first time in 5 years, the team made it to the semi-finals, without the Sports Premium this would not have been possible.


Subsidising Outdoor Education Trips

In previous years the school received a bursary to help subsidise Outdoor Education trips, with this being stopped many pupils would be unable to participate in these trips. The following trips are run annually with contributions from the sports premium grant ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to participate.

  • 4 Day trip to Malvern Outdoor Elements for 48 Year 8 pupils, including overnight stay.
  • 2 separate day trips to Aztec Upton Warren for a total of 120 Year 7 Pupils


Additional Member of School staff running clubs

With an additional member of staff supporting with clubs, PE staff have been able to provide more opportunities and focus on specific activities rather than being spread over so many. This sharing of clubs allowed Birchensale to have extremely successful 2014/15 outcomes with the following District Champions:

  • Cricket – Year 6 boys Indoor and outdoor
  • Sportshall Athletics - Year 6 Boys, Year 6 Girls, Year 7 Girls & Year 8 Boys
  • Rounders - Year 7 girls
  • Basketball - Year 7 Boys & Year 8 Girls
  • Rowing – Year 6 Girls, Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys & Year 8 Girls

Impressively the year 6 cricket team and the year 6 boys Sportshall Athletes went on to be county champions. All of these brilliant results were helped by the school being able to provide extra members of staff to run clubs. The school continues to support all local competitions for G&T sports stars and Extended School events for those of a lower ability. Success can be measured with the fact that 100% of the pupils have represented their House in the intra-school cross-country, dodgeball and rowing competitions and 48% of pupils participate in school sports clubs at Birchensale, a figure that helps us to gain the silver kitemark where the expectation is 35 %, the school narrowly misses out on the gold standard with 50% being the required number, clearly well above the national average.

The member of staff employed also works with pupils during lunchtime on the playground, engaging groups of children to be active, play safely and behave well.

Top up swimming

We have provided all year 5 pupils who are unable to swim 25m when leaving First School, with the opportunity to take part in additional swimming at the Abbey Stadium. This has helped pupils to become more confident in the water and may one day help them to save themselves should they get into danger.