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P.E. and Sports Premium

Cherry Orchard Primary School shares the Birmingham Strategy for PE and School Sport:

'For all young people in Birmingham to experience outstanding physical education, competition and school sport that will lead to active and healthy lifestyles through lifelong participation.'


What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is continuing to provide funding of £150 million for 2016/17 to provide quality PE and school sport within primary schools.  This is the third year that this funding has been provided.  Each school will receive £8,000 plus an additional £5 per pupil for the next two years - for Cherry Orchard Primary School, this will equate to £9,840 for the current academic year.  

The purpose of this funding is to ensure that sport and PE provision addresses the needs of all pupils, including those who belong to disadvantaged, vulnerable and gifted groups.


How do Cherry Orchard intend on using Sports Premium (SP) money for the year 2017-2018?

At Cherry Orchard Primary School, teachers are responsible for teaching both indoor and outdoor P.E. Our Sports Premium (SP) grant will be used to enhance the school’s P.E. and sports provision set out in the school development plan. This academic year, the government has made a commitment to doubling the SP grant and this will be reflected in the opportunities available to both staff and students. The school budget will be used to fund the main existing provision.


  • To improve the quality of teaching and learning in P.E.
  • To increase opportunities for children to access extra-curricular activities (supported through Pupil Premium expenditure).
  • To improve the use of facilities.
  • To provide more opportunity for children to have a more active life.

Each half term we hold our own intra-house games across the key stages. We, at Cherry Orchard, are members of the Handsworth Consortium which enables us to access level 2 and 3 games at a competitive inter-school level.

At level 2 inter-school competitions, we participate in the following sports:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Mini-Red Tennis
  • Multi-skills
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tri-golf

Cherry Orchard children have had a lot of success in these sports and due to the high levels of participation that we have continued to maintain, we have won the Handsworth Games trophy the last 4 years consecutively.

Staff CPD

This year, all staff members have been asked to choose an area of the P.E. curriculum that they feel is a personal area for development. Where has been logistically possible, CPD from Jo Nightingale and/or support from a qualified sports coach has been provided according to requests. This is in order to improve the teaching and learning across the P.E. curriculum which, we hope, will help to drive standards in P.E. to the highest yet.


Gymnastics has been a school development focus for the last 2 years and massive improvements have been made in the teaching and learning. Gymnastics will continue to be a focus where teachers are provided with the support necessary. As a staff, we will be receiving direct one to one support as well as dedicating directed time from staff meetings to training. This will be provided by Jo Nightingale who is our local School Games Organiser. Jo has worked very closely with Cherry Orchard for a number of years but we have the pleasure in being able to increase the support that she offers due to the increase in the SP budget.


All children in years 3 and 4 attend swimming lessons throughout the year and currently attend Handsworth Swimming Baths. Our key aim is to ensure that all children are confident in the water and enjoy taking part in swimming activities. These lessons are supported by workshops in water safety delivered by Andy Stead of the swimming education team who works for Birmingham City Council. Using our SP money will help us to continue to ensure that all staff members are sufficiently trained by the Amateur Swimming Association at level 2 to deliver high quality swimming lessons. In addition, we can now afford to hire an additional swimming teacher from the baths in order to create smaller teaching groups. We hope that this will increase the number of children who will be able to swim 25m confidently.

Outdoor P.E.

Most outdoor P.E. lessons are supported with a qualified sports coach across both key stages 1 and 2. This is to support both the staff and children in lessons to enhance performance and help to engage children in smaller groups during lessons. We hope that this will help to increase the activity levels during lessons as well as the skills that they will learn.

Lunchtime Clubs

Using part of the SP money will allow for Cherry Orchard to hire a specialist from Sporting Elite in sports and games to help deliver lunchtime activities. As we will have the use of some green space, this will help more children to have more space to be active. As well as this, children who are a part of Sports Crew will be learning to plan and deliver their own games with the support of Sporting Elite. We are creatively utilising more space around our school premises so that children have more space to be active.

Youth Sports Trust

Paying for a subscription to the Youth Sports Trust along with others in our cluster will provide us with additional P.E. resources, as well as additional training courses for teachers. It will also help us to engage more pupils in leading and delivering games.

SP money will also be used to buy additional resources to support a range of P.E. lessons in the curriculum.