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School Sports Premium Grant Funding 2017 - 2018

From 2013 the Government has made available to all schools a sum of money to allow them to continue to develop sports provision within school. This amount of money was increased in 2017 and equates to over £17,000 per year for our school and is spent in the following ways:

  • Dedicated sports coordinator to organise fixtures and attend events for inter-schools competitions including long distance /regional events - (approx 5hours per week – varies throughout year)
  • Specialist release to ensure school achieves Gold Standard provision throughout the year (Gold standard achieved)
  • Lunchfit - Sports specialists working with children through structured fun play every lunch time for one hour per day (£100 per week every week- £3800)
  • Enhanced Sports Breakfast club 8.15am – 8.35am
  • New for 2017 – Sports Coach working with children and staff two mornings per week
  • Staff training using sports specialist – a local sports provider with specialists coaches
  • Purchase of new equipment
  • Skiing lessons all year for Key Stage 2 (£5,500 approx)
  • Additional swimming Lessons (£1000 approx) including for those who have made less progress than their peers
  • Special Events e.g. inter-schools sports competitions including regional finals – (St James the Less overall winners for 2017)
  • Partnership payments with local high school to coordinate all schools in Rossendale Valley with a comprehensive teaching programme for teachers / teaching assistants (£3000 approx)


The items listed above far exceed the amount received through the Sports Grant Funding.  Some figures in brackets are listed above to indicate the large expenditure items and these alone take our school expenditure way beyond the amount allocated through the grant.  Nonetheless the grant funding provides excellent enrichment opportunities to this important aspect of school curriculum.  In fact there are things that we can do now that would probably never have happened without it.


Current identified Impacts of Pupil Sports Grant


  • More pupils engaged in more inter-schools events / competitions – all KS2 children will represent the school in inter-schools events before they leave St James the Less.  St James the Less is one of the leading primary schools of Rossendale Valley in inter-schools competitions for participation and high performance at events
  • Lunchfit provides pupils with a minimum of 15 minutes per day with a  sports specialist
  • Wake Up Shake Up events – SATs week and additional Wake Shake for school RumbleLess breakfast club
  • Skiing lessons once per week ensure a programme of skills progression for Key Stage 2 pupils.  Most KS2 children now work towards a nationally recognised level of ability
  • Increased use of sports specialists
  • CPD for teachers, teaching assistants and welfare staff alongside sports specialist – key impact – ideas(secondary links)!  Resources are also acquired through this partnership
  • Gold Award accredited to school in recognition for the high quality provision
  • Swimming Ability is recorded as:
    • By the time children leave this school in 2017 83% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 meters 
    • 31% could use a range of strokes effectively
    • 22% could perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations

How is this sustainable?

  • CPD opportunities are regularly provided through our partnership with Rossendale Sports Partnership.  This allows teaching staff access to continual professional development

What outcomes are we working towards?

  • changing attitudes to exercise and health and children developing good understanding over health choices
  • continued quality participation in inter-school events
  • increased CPD opportunities for staff
  • Increased number of children gaining officially recognised awards - swimming / skiing and other sports

Sports Grant 2014 - 2015