Membership for 2015/16
During the academic year 2014/15, twenty-nine Croydon primary schools became members of the Croydon School Sport Partnerships (Croydon SSP) and a further fourteen Croydon secondary schools committed to working alongside us.
Government funding of over £450 million has been allocated to improving physical education and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
The allocation of this funding is calculated using the number of pupils in Years 1 to 6, and those age 5 in Year R (figures are taken from the January school census). Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per eligible pupil. The funding is ring fenced and schools are able to individually decide how to spend the money on improving PE and school sport.
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on PE and sport provision and the way schools spend their additional funding. Schools are also required to publish details on their websites of how they use this grant and the impact it has had.
As you will be aware, Croydon SSP have been working with schools in Croydon for over 10 years and are committed to supporting the ongoing development of PE and school sport. We aim to improve the quality and participation levels as well as providing competitive opportunities in PE and school sport. Alongside this we look to use physical activity to reduce health inequalities amongst the school aged population.
Croydon SSP believes that the most effective way of utilising some of the funds available during this period is to continue to work collaboratively and pool resources. We are therefore asking all primary schools to again make a contribution of one third of their allocated funding to Croydon SSP so we are able to continue to provide ongoing support and activities (please see below for proposed areas of work). Schools will retain two thirds of the allocated funding to utilise as they see fit e.g. purchase resources, pay for transport to competitions, hire specialist coaches and use for payment of supply staff to cover teacher attendance at sports events and training.
We hope that schools have seen the benefit of working alongside Croydon SSP over the last 10 years and will agree to this commitment. Croydon SSP relies on member schools to continue with its all-round work within the borough and looks to build upon the many successes seen throughout this academic year.
In order for us to plan our services for 2015/16, we would be grateful if you could complete the attached form to register your commitment to supporting the Croydon SSP programme. This will ensure we have the correct staff available to best support your needs in the future.
- Staff support for PE teaching including timetabled team teaching and bespoke whole school CPD training including gymnastics, dance, multi skills and games.
- An action plan written to the schools individual requirements and reviewed with them each term.
- Assistance with curriculum planning and assessment for PE
- Delivery of play leaders’ schemes for both Lunchtime Supervisors and pupils.
- Access to all borough competitions run through Croydon SSP at no-charge; including School Games branded competitions.
- Arrangement of additional competitions, including bespoke sports festivals for KS1 pupils.
- Advice on co-ordination of external coaching; assisting schools in identifying suitable coaches or organisations, and providing quality assurance.
- Continuation of liaison with secondary schools to utilise facilities and young leaders.
- Health and fitness co-ordination for ‘healthy schools’ events and links to Change4Life and other weight management programmes.
- Act as an access point to local organisations as well as the County Sports Partnership (London Sport) to access regional opportunities and products. This will include links with NGBs and coaching programmes, support for writing sports funding applications, access to Sportivate funding and links with other programmes such as Satellite Clubs.
- Sharing of good practice between schools and providing networking opportunities including PE Co-ordinator meetings and organisation of borough wide CPD opportunities for no extra charge.