Physical Education

Encouraging independence, responsibility and tolerance

Access and success

Background

1. Sports tours

Sports tours and ski trips have a huge and positive impact on all pupils involved: being away from home encourages independence, personal and collective responsibility, and tolerance, by playing sport against foreign teams in a different culture. However, because of the costs, Pupil Premium students were unable to access these life-changing experiences.

2. Academic intervention

During the 2015/16 academic year, the PE department identified a number of Pupil Premium students who were not performing academically to the standard they were capable of.

3. Sports kit

When Pupil Premium students lack the necessary PE kit, they have to borrow kit, which exacerbates feelings of exclusion, and means they don’t make the most of the opportunities offered by physical education.

The Pupil Premium solution

1. Sports tours

We applied for Pupil Premium funding to supplement the cost, giving two students the chance to be part of the 2016 Barcelona Sports Tour. Neither student had ever been abroad before; they had the experience of their lives.

2. Academic intervention

We invited underperforming Pupil Premium students to attend a special Breakfast Club once a week to do extra theory. We printed the invitations on cartons of orange, to get students talking, and to give the sense that this was something special, out of the ordinary, and to be enjoyed.

3. Sports kit

We set up a process whereby any Pupil Premium student who needs PE kit will be given what they need. What’s more, we’ve given these students the option to have their kit washed at school, so that kit is not forgotten, and there’s no need to borrow spares.

Results

1. Sports tours

The Pupil Premium students had the time of their lives, being away from home for the first time, and had their eyes opened to a different culture. They returned invigorated and enthused, with a new appreciation of the world around them, and of their own potential.

2. Academic intervention

The Breakfast Club had an incredible impact. Of the eight students who took part, seven improved by at least a grade in the subsequent mock exam.

In the summer, some fantastic results were achieved by our pupil premium students. 71% achieved A*-C and 57% of these students made at least 4 levels of progress.

3. Sports kit

By giving Pupil Premium students their own kit, not only were they able to participate fully in the PE course, they were also encouraged – in a very real sense – to believe they were part of the team.

“It makes such a difference being able to offer kit to those students who are having difficulty in bringing it to school. It means they are able to access the lesson in the same way that all other students can.” (Miss York- PE Teacher)

Building on the Pupil Premium success in 2016-2017

We thoroughly intend to build on the successes of last year’s Pupil Premium initiatives by providing supplementary funding for the forthcoming ski trip, ensuring students have their own kit at school, and setting up a morning club for disengaged students – as well as theory, this will include morning circuits and education on why physical education is so important.