Here at St Thomas of Canterbury we understand that children should experience a breadth of experiences, inside & outside the classroom. PE and Sports are an integral part of every child’s education and development. Building on the success of the London Olympic Games, we aim to inspire the next generation by providing a wide range of sporting opportunities that cater for children of all abilities. We believe that every child should be exposed to high quality physical education to support their physical, social & mental well being, by providing them with transferable life skills for the future. Sports premium helps us to achieve this by supporting us with additional funding for our children on free school meals (FSM).
What is Sports Premium?
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 -2023 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school head teachers. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. St Thomas of Canterbury has previously been allocated £19640 in 2018-19, £19720 in 2019-20, £19,840 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 in £19,870 for Sports Premium. For this academic year (2023-24), we have been allocated £19,840.
How will we be spending it?
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that:
All children benefit, regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development; swimming is subsidised in order to support all families financially. Sports premium money will also specifically target those children who dislike physical activity or exhibit unhealthy lifestyle choices.