Sport Premium

Gospel Oak Sport Premium Funding 2020-2021


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All primary schools across the country have been provided with extra funding from the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. The purpose of the funding is to achieve clear outcomes in raising achievement and increasing opportunities for all primary aged children in PE.

For the academic year 2020-2021 we received: £19,500

This funding was only spent on PE and sports related provision in the school and the school will be held to account for its use.

At Gospel Oak School we recognise the importance that PE and sports play in the lives of children in promoting healthy lifestyles and developing them physically, emotionally and mentally. We believe that children’s self-esteem, attitude and self-discipline are improved by being able to engage in and achieve success in sporting activities. Being an inner-city school where the majority of pupils do not have easy access to outdoor play space, we understand the importance of our pupils being able to participate in regular physical activity and sport.

We are committed to ensuring that all pupils receive at least 2 hours of well planned, high quality PE per week - one lesson of which is provided by a highly experienced secondary trained PE teacher. Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will contribute to helping us achieve our aims of improving and extending our provision through having specialist PE staff, procuring additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sporting competitions, inclusive sports events and provision of training for all staff.

This linked document illustrates Gospel Oak’s very strong record in the Annual Camden Active Schools award (reflecting both excellence in sports competitions and high numbers of children participating). In normal years every child in KS2 represents the school in at least one competitive sports fixture (and additional friendly competitions). Gospel Oak was the first Camden Primary school to achieve the School Games Mark Gold Award.

Use of Funding 2020-2021

Many of the planned priorities had to be cancelled due to COVID and re-evaluated (in particular, almost all competitive sports events and lunchtime sports clubs).


Approx Spending

Camden Active Schools Competition and Participation Programme Membership.

Although the vast majority of the usual activities were cancelled, Virtual competitions were run and the school participated in several of these including: basketball, cricket and netball.


Camden Schools Sports Association Membership.

This year the fee was waived by the organisation to reflect the vast majority of competitions being cancelled (we usually participate in 30 per year).


PE Equipment for home Use. During the first lockdown period any child without a skipping rope or tennis ball was given these pieces of equipment free to carry out virtual challenges set by the school. In addition several other pieces of sports equipment were given out as prizes for children that completed online sports challenges.


Specialist Dance Teacher

A dance teacher worked with 8 KS2 classes providing 5 lessons for each - culminating in a performance. PE specialist and PE TA and 4 class teachers received professional development in Dance.The standard was very high and the year 6 performance was videod and won the Camden Virtual Dance competition. It subsequently came 3rd (of 33 boroughs) in the London Youth Games Virtual Dance competition.


Dance Leader Lunchtimes

Over 18 weeks a specialist dance teacher ran 6 separate group playground sessions at lunchtime. This ensured every child from nursery to year 6 got a 10-15 minute dance session once a week. It was highly successful and very popular with the majority of children.


Lunchtime Major Play Equipment

Due to COVID the usual lunchtime clubs were cancelled and the competition programme was severely restricted. Class delineated playground zones meant opportunities were limited so extra major equipment was purchased to increase activity levels. This included: Table Tennis Table, Table Football, 3x Electronic Arcade Basketball Shooting, 4x Nexus Hand Twister Bikes, 2 Big Red Posts.


Lunchtime Small Play Equipment

For COVID hygiene reasons each of the 12 classes were given their own full set of playtime equipment including:: skipping ropes, rackets, and balls for 4 sports.


PE Lesson Equipment

Some new equipment was purchased. However, due to COVID hygiene restrictions, additional sets of 30 of existing equipment (including balls, marker cones, bibs and ropes) were purchased to make cleaning equipment routines between lessons manageable. When restrictions are lifted this will be kept as backup and delay the need to buy replacement equipment for worn out equipment.


Extra-curricular clubs and competitions

We are very fortunate to have highly qualified staff to run the vast majority of sports clubs in house - ensuring reliability, consistency and very low running costs.This year the school was only able to provide 9 before and after school sports clubs for 18 weeks due to COVID closures. These were also restricted to class bubbles only. However, these were provided free to encourage take up and were very popular - with most at capacity (16 children >50% of each class choosing to participate)



150 medals and 120 plaques were purchased to give away in the coming year for prizes for internal sports competitions including the Fun Run. The plaques will be used to recycle 150 old trophies that sports teams have won over the last 25 years.


Accompanying Staff on After School Sports Trips

To observe staff/child ratios an additional member of staff is required to accompany the PE on after-school sports trips. Due to COVID this is a greatly reduced expense this year.


Cover for PE lead for Courses and school daySports Trips

None was required this year due to internal staff cover and most competitions cancelled.


Redevelopment of PE Cupboard

Due to a large otherwise unspendable surplus available in the budget this year, the KS2 hall PE cupboard was upgraded (for the first time in 30 years) from a one storey to two storey extensive storage facility. This has consolidated PE equipment stored in several locations throughout the school making it easily accessible for all. The design process was done in house and built and fitted out at less than half of the usual school contractor’s quote.


Safety Check and Refurbishment of Fixed Equipment

The Annual Safety check flagged several urgent items. This included, refurbishment of 9 benches, KS1 climbing frame, KS2 Basketball Post Protectors and Early Years climbing equipment. Due to COVID the surplus budget allowed this one off expenditure.


To improve swimming levels for pupils in Key Stage 2

COVID restrictions decimated our schools swimming provision over 14 months (150 lessons cancelled) which will likely have an impact in oncoming years. We were unable to provide ‘top up’ swimming lessons for y6 leavers in 2020 due to pools being closed but were able to address this for year 6 leavers in Summer 2 2021. .


Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?

N.B. Even though your pupils may swim in another year please report on their attainment on leaving primary school at the end of the summer term 2021. %

2018 35/60 = 58%

2019 52/60 = 87%

2020 56/60 = 93%

2021 48/58 = 83%

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? %

2018 11/60 = 18%

2019 12/60 = 20%

2020 21/60 = 35%

2021 38/58 = 65%

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? %

Level 1 is a very limited test.

Level 2 is a more challenging test.

2018 17/60 = 28%

2019 28/60 lev2 =46%

2019 48/60 lev1=80%

2020 0/60= 0%

2021 47/58 lev 1 =81%

Lev 2 unknown