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Sports Premium

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by elucidator, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. elucidator

    elucidator New commenter

    I am the head of a very small primary school and the Sports Premium has historically been spent on providing sports coaches who ultimately cover PPA. I know that the sports premium should not be used for PPA cover and this should come from the designated budget. However, the budget that is set would struggle to cover PPA as we are such a small school.

    Can I ask for advice on:

    a) How do you cover PPA?
    b) Does anyone else use the sports premium for PPA cover - has this caused any problems for you?
    c) How are people intending to spend their additional money this year?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I am the head of a 90 pupil primary school (3 classes) and I use a HLTA to cover PPA. I have done this since PPA was brought in and it has always been successful. I have never used Sports Premium for PPA cover but the PE Lead does take the occasional half day (approx.4 a year) to cover all the paperwork.

    We are lucky in our area in that we have a sports Charity that we subscribe to and they provide all the coaches for after school clubs plus tournaments etc. It's not cheap but it has enabled us to achieve Gold Sports Mark this year.

    Additional money - no idea as yet!
     
  3. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    a) How do you cover PPA?
    b) Does anyone else use the sports premium for PPA cover - has this caused any problems for you?

    We used to do what you do for half of the PPA, and then a specialist Music teacher for the other half. Now we have a HLTA instead of the Sports Coaches - and she delivers something else. I'm using some of the PE Grant to support a TLR post instead, and that person has to provide training for staff (as now they are delivering PE!), organise PE clubs and competitions etc now; and some to support a Forest School Teacher... and some to develop the playground physical activity options ;)

    c) How are people intending to spend their additional money this year?
    I thought the additional money was from April 2018?
     
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  4. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I didn't think you could use the sports grant for staffing (other than coaches)? Your use sounds good for the extra monies if it's allowed.
     
  5. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Well I'm not using it to cover staffing for PPA.... It "helped support" the appointment of a PE specialist to the school as a member of the SLT - thus giving it a higher profile and ensuring we have someone in house who can provide CPD to staff, monitor T&L etc. No idea if Forest School really allowed - but it catches some children and encourages them to be active that might not engage with traditional "sport"...

    Gov.uk says this:

    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)
     
  6. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    We employ coaches who work with the children and skill up the teachers (primary). We don't cover PPA with it - PPA is covered by a Spanish teacher, a music teacher (both on part time contracts) and 2 Senior (NJE grade 5) Teaching Assistants.

    Some of our money this year will buy fixed outdoor gym equipment for the playground which I think is allowable.
     

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