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Calling all schools looking to develop Handball

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:31

António Viegas de Sousa, an enthusiastic Portuguese national handball coach has an ambition to develop the sport of handball in Northampton, starting within schools.

Having moved to the town last year, António has become the Midlands Regional Academy Head Coach for U16 girls and has a wealth of experience as a development and talent coach. He has also been DBS checked by England Handball and has attended relevant Safeguarding training.

António is available to coach in primary or secondary schools, male and female teams on a voluntarily basis at various times during the week. So if your school can provide the equipment and suitable space to use, contact him for more details: 07561258935 or by e-mail northamptonhandball@gmail.com

2017/2018 PE and Sport Premium information released

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:35

Funding for 2017 to 2018

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

Payment dates for 2017 to 2018

Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals

Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals, do not receive funding directly from DfE. We give the funding to your local authority and they pass it on to you.

We give local authorities PE and sport premium funding for maintained schools in 2 separate payments. Local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 31 October 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 30 April 2018

If you are a new maintained school or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 31 January 2018
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 30 April 2018

Academies, free schools and CTCs

The Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) sends academies, free schools and CTCs their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 1 November 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 1 May 2018

If you are a new academy, free school or CTC, or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, you receive:

  • 7/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 February 2018
  • 5/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 May 2018

Non-maintained special schools

ESFA sends non-maintained special schools their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with ESFA after 1 November 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with ESFA after 1 May 2018

How to use the PE and sport premium

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

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

You can use your funding to...

  • Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • Enter or run more sport competitions
  • Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • Increase pupils' participation in the School Games
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

You should not use your funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)

Accountability: Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the 'effectiveness of leadership and management' section of the 'Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015'.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding. This must include:

  • The amount of premium received
  • A full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • The impact the school has seen on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools. You can get advice and resources to help deliver swimming lessons successfully in primary schools.

If you would like any help or advise on writing your PE and Sport Premium Plan please do not hesitate to contact your School Sport Manager - this is part of their work programme and is offered at no cost.

Free Cricket Resources from A Chance to Shine

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:17

A Chance to Shine have created a powerful bank of free resources for primary schools, so teachers can lead their own cricket sessions with confidence (I thought that they might also be useful for coaches starting out).

Covering both playing and learning through the game across Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2, the seven key features of our new resources are:

1. Completely FREE of charge - All the new lesson plans are freely available


2. Easy to use - Simple lesson plans and instructional videos ensure that anyone, regardless of their previous experience of PE and cricket, can deliver them effectively

3. Inclusive - Players of all abilities and experience can take part. Every lesson plan shows teachers how to make the games easier or harder

4. Not just cricket - Students will bat, bowl, throw, catch, run and jump, but through our partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club and the MCC Spirit of Cricket message, they'll also learn key life skills such as teamwork, communication, respect and inclusion.

5. A tool to teach the National Curriculum; NOT extra work! - Developed in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, every 'Play' session plan focuses on fundamental movement skills, while 'Learn' activities use cricket to enliven and help teach core curriculum subjects.

6. Fun - The programme has been designed to maximise involvement and focus on each child's personal best, ensuring that all students, and their teachers, have lots of fun!

7. The start, but definitely not the end - Through our strong partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board and its All Stars Cricket programme, Chance to Shine hopes that many students will want to keep playing, learning and having fun at their local cricket club or All Stars Cricket centre.

For the full details, please click here.

Kingsthorpe Cluster - Term 1 update

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:28

The first term of a new academic year is always a busy one, and that has definitely been the case for our cluster. This term has focussed on training up Young Leaders. I have been into the primary schools to run the Young leaders programme with year 5/6 pupils. The pupils learnt about the qualities that make a good leader, and worked together to run an afternoon of activities for KS1 children in their school. I have been blown away by the quality of leaders I have seen this year. They were confident, enthusiastic and responsible throughout the training, and I am sure they will be fantastic leaders this year. They will all be running activities for younger children at lunchtimes, as well as helping with extra-curricular clubs.

In September we held a year 6 multi-sport festival at Kingsthorpe College. This provided year 6 pupils with the opportunity to try a range of activities including bench ball, teambuilding games and gymnastics. It was a great event and it was brilliant to see all the pupils from different schools working together.

This month we had a cross country competition, also at Kingsthorpe College. Children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 competed in a variety of challenging cross country races. There were some amazing performances from all the competitors. Medals were given out to the pupils that came 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their race.

Finally, I have been going into each primary school to help prepare them for the upcoming year 5/6 gymnastics competition. They are working incredibly hard and I wish them the best of luck in their competition.

We Need You!!

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:36

Calling out to all Northamptonshire Coaches, Leaders, Activators, Hosts, Assistants, we need your help!

Northamptonshire Sport has been tasked with developing a Workforce Framework which could help guide future development work of the County Sports Partnership but we need your input! We have pulled together a quick and easy survey to help us understand the current 'workforce' landscape in the county - who is it that is supporting all of these people to get physically active, how many Activators are out there supporting non-club sessions, how many hours are voluntary coaches giving up to their sport and clubs each week?

As a thank you, everyone that completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon Gift voucher so don't delay!

The survey is open until the end of November so please could we ask that you spend a few minutes to complete this, and perhaps send it onto a friend you know may be supporting sport and activity in the community as well.

To complete the survey, please click here:

National Rugby Survey Opens!

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:30

Nearly 28,000 people completed the inaugural National Rugby Survey and Age Grade Player Survey last year, the largest community rugby surveys of their kind.
Now, one year on, both surveys have been combined into the National Rugby Survey which is now open. Running until midnight on Wednesday 11 October, the survey continues to help us improve the game and the people within it.

Click here to take the National Rugby Survey 2017

34 Schools rewarded through School Games Mark initiative

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:10

Northampton School Sports Partnership saw a growth in the number of schools achieving either, Bronze, Silver or Gold School Games Mark despite nationally the number of schools applying for the award being down. It was great to see so many new schools making applications with one going straight in at Gold!

With the 2017/2018 criteria now released schools can familiarise themselves with what is required - Mid-Term reviews will be offered to all schools between January and March 2018 to track schools progress and identify aspects of the criteria that needs further evidence.

Bronze School Games Mark

Silver School Games Mark

Gold School Games Mark

Cedar Road Primary

Kings Meadow School

Kingsthorpe Village Primary

Northampton School for Girls

Northgate School Arts College

St Andrews Primary

St Luke's Primary

The Arbours Primary

The Duston School

Vernon Terrace Primary

Woodvale Primary

Billing Brook School

Blackthorn Academy

Briar Hill Primary

Kings Heath Primary

Kingsthorpe Grove Primary

Millway Primary

Rectory Farm Primary

St James Primary

Standens Barn Primary

The Good Shepherd Primary

Abington Vale Primary

All Saints Primary

Barry Primary

Boothville Primary

Bridgewater Primary

Earl Spencer Primary

Ecton Brook Primary

Lings Primary

Malcolm Arnold Academy

Parklands Primary

Queen Eleanor Primary

Weston Favell Primary

Whitehills Primary

2017/2018 School Games Mark criteria released

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:22

The School Games Mark is now in its 7th year and continues to reward schools and other educational establishments for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport, physical education and physical activity.

School Games Mark is directly linked to a schools engagement in the School Games. This needs to reflect a board and balanced offer that actively encourages these young people that aren't currently engaged or who are engaged less often. this isn't about provision for a small cohort of young people but needs to consider ALL the schools population.

If you would like to know more about how your School can work towards achieving either, Bronze, Silver or Gold School Games Mark this academic year please contact Natalie Lawrence (n.lawrence@Northampton-academy.org). For those schools who achieved a School Games Mark Award in 2016/2017, we will continue to support those schools through Mid-Term reviews to ensure they achieve the highest possible award.

There are several aspects of the new criteria that are now yet available for schools to access - it is hoped that all functions will be live after the National SGO Conference in mid November 2017.


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