Saxon Hill Academy Sports Premium 2016/17
PE and Sport premium funding received for this academic year: £8,460
How we’ve spent or will spend the funding this year: An additional Acheeva bed @ £8,000 for positional changes for the children and young people with severe physical disabilities and complex medical needs;
The effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment: Many children and young people who would otherwise spend most of their school day, in their wheelchair, now have a timetables opportunity to lie out on a mobile, posturally supportive bed within the classroom so that their access to education is still promoting effective progress.
How these improvements are sustainable: These Acheeva beds are used daily in school for all children and young people for whom this is beneficial. There are ongoing costs around maintenance of these beds but they are very robust and will last for several years. Every child in school has a physical development timetable which details how they will access equipment to develop their gross motor function, improve/relax tone and improve posture for health, well-being and pain relief.
Sports Premium 2017/18
PE and Sport premium funding received for this academic year: £16,370
How we’ve spent or will spend the funding this year: Reach and Rescue training for staff team running hydrotherapy pool sessions @ £2,000; Hydrotherapy pool equipment @ £500; a weekly booked session at a local swimming pool @£900; soft vinyl mats and trolley @£1,500; an accessible table tennis table @ £500, Specialist accessible bats and balls @ £1,500; Sensory lights @ £500; An additional Acheeva bed @ £8,000 for positional changes for the children and young people with severe physical disabilities and complex medical needs;
The effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment: The beneficial effects of a hydrotherapy pool session are enormous, especially for those young people who use wheelchairs and need the supportive environment of water in order to truly relax or to actively or passively stretch their muscles, tendons, ligaments etc.
The children love being in the water and it gives them another dimension to their learning as lessons are incorporated in the pool where appropriate. Some of our young people have hyper tone and require the gentle stretches in water, others have hypo tone and benefit from a Halliwick approach where the young person is encourage to develop self-balancing strategies with fewer buoyancy aids.
The benefits of hand eye co-ordination and motor skill development are enormous and are maximised using the specialist equipment now available.
How these improvements are sustainable: Every class has a timetabled hydro pool session every week and this will continue in subsequent years. Every class also has a PE session or Sensory Elements session using the specialist equipment allocated to this year’s funding. All children and young people able to safely access the school hydrotherapy pool or the local swimming pool; the very wide range of PE sessions using the accessible adapted equipment where possible. This timetable of opportunities will continue to be available next academic year too as the equipment will be maintained and the staff are already trained and lasts for two years.
We are a school for children and young people with physical disabilities and complex medical conditions and therefore progress in swimming is measured against individual termly targets and progress reported to Governors each term.
Unfortunately these national measures that we are encouraged to use and are stated below are less appropriate for our Year 6 cohort such that they have been unable to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- use a range of strokes effectively.
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situation.