PE and Sport Premium
Birchwood’s most recent OFSTED report (Oct 2016) reported “the effective use of sports funding has ensured that almost all pupils regularly take part in sport each week. Pupils know how to keep themselves fit and healthy and thrive in sport, many taking part in competitions at a local and national level’”.
Alongside many other innovative initiatives, the Sports Premium Funding at Birchwood has been used to subsidise attendance at the wide menu of extra curricular provision we offer... we have seen a significant rise in the number of pupils engaging with our extended learning opportunities. From 12% in 2012/2013 to 88% in 2019/20 (with 66% take up of more than one club). In 2019/20, 100% of Pupil Premium children attended extra curricular PE provision. This was fully subsidised from the Sports Premium Funding.
A significant use of the Sports funding allocated to the school has been used to establish a masterclass program at three tiers of ability:
* the talented
* those meeting expectations
* those vulnerable to not keeping up.
The program involves initial talent identification. Personalised learning plans are written. Termly reports are shared with parents (including bespoke PE parent consultations). Family learning together sessions increase awareness. Collaborative masterclass work with other schools raise levels of challenge. “The ‘masterclasses’ that many pupils take part in for tennis, for example, not only demonstrate the variety of activities that pupils experience, but also the amazing outcomes that they are capable of” (OFSTED). Over the last year, the masterclass program for those vulnerable to 'not keeping up' saw 100% make expected progress and 50% accelerated progress. These initiatives have been showcased regionally and nationally.
Since reopening following March ’20 Covid-19 school closure, a proportion of funding has been spent on enhancing PE equipment. Each bubble now has its own set of PE resources to ensure high quality provision in a Covid-friendly, protocol respecting way.