Effective Ways To Spend Your Sports Premium

Sports Premium

In July 2017 it was announced by Justine Greene (the Education Secretary), that the Sports Premium funding for schools would be doubled for the academic year 2017 – 18.  Schools are now entitled to receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil (in schools where there are 17 pupils or more) in order to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality and effectiveness of PE and sports in schools.

This funding has been available to schools since 2013, but Ofsted are now much more interested in the impact of this funding and, therefore, schools much ensure, and provide evidence, that they are using the Sports Premium in the most effective ways.

Previously, too many schools were using the funding to provide the minimum PE sessions required (including swimming) or to provide PE teaching during PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) sessions.  The DfE has cracked down on this practice and has made it clear that this is not an appropriate use of the Sports Premium.


11 Ways to Make a Forest School

Forest Schools

Is your school situated in an urban environment? Having no trees and greenery in your grounds may be forcing you to get all of your children on a minibus, and take them to a park or nature reserve. This may make for a fantastic day out, but what about when you want to bring the same learning opportunities back to your tarmac space. Below are some of our own simple ideas for you to enhance your tarmac play area and develop the learning every day.


How Outdoor Learning Can Benefit Early Years

Benefits of Outdoor Learning for Early Years

Learning outdoors can offer a range of benefits for children in their early years. Some children will find it more difficult to learn in a classroom environment, even when they do not have formal lessons. Therefore, going outside to explore gives them more freedom to learn in a way that is better for them, boosting their eagerness for learning.

1 Ofsted’s report, ‘How Far Should You Go?’, explains how well-planned outdoor activities cannot only boost a child’s ability to learn but also to motivate them further.

Playing outdoors is hugely important for a child’s development from building fitness to how they take in new information, and it offers the following benefits.


Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is here! We cordially invite you to celebrate with us by taking part in some wonderful activities. Try our quiz below and test your knowledge on some of our team’s favourite Roald Dahl Characters. Don’t forget to share your results and let us know how you did!