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“The school is allocating the primary sport funding effectively by providing all year groups with HIGH QUALITY sports coaching from an external coach.”
“Additional sports funding is having a strong impact on standards. Pupils now enjoy a wider range of sporting opportunities, and are achieving greater success both in school and local competitions.”
Inspired Somerset not only provided our school with high-quality, engaging and fun P.E sessions that our whole school enjoyed engaging with. They also provided some of our children who had low self-esteem and needed a boost to develop their social skills and confidence in P.E. with small group intervention. These sessions were tailored to the groups overarching needs and provided them with an opportunity to develop these skills in a safe, trusted environment with a skilled member of staff who had the ability to bring out the best in them. The children looked forward to these mini sessions and we quickly saw the impact it had on the children’s progress, not only during P.E. sessions but also in the classroom as well. Lately, we have also been having intervention lessons planned by our Inspired Coach which have supported children with gross motor skill difficulties and we have also seen this to be advantageous for those children when in the classroom too!
Ben is an outstanding coach, and consistently delivered lessons of a high standard to pupils throughout our junior school. He built up a fantastic rapport with all pupils, improving their engagement with PE and sport, and motivating them to achieve to the best of their ability. During an OFSTED inspection in 2014, Ben was observed in a PE lesson, and the quality of his teaching was commented on as a strength within our outstanding school.
We asked Ben to deliver CPD for class teachers to further improve our provision in PE and sport. At the time, there were varied levels of confidence and skill amongst the staff; however, we were inspired by the positive impact Ben’s coaching had on our pupils, and were keen to learn from him. His ability to adapt his approach to match the needs of the individual staff member was impressive, and demonstrated the depth of his expertise and experience. For teachers already confident in PE, Ben was able to excite and motivate by sharing new ideas and approaches. For teachers needing more support, Ben was generous with his time and resources: teachers were involved in observations, team-teaching, planning and ongoing dialogue to develop their confidence and skills in a way that ensured a lasting impact on the quality of teaching, and attitudes towards PE. A significant part of this success was Ben’s approachable and supportive manner, encouraging teachers to ask questions and engage fully with the process. By the end of our CPD with Ben, the team had gained a shared belief in the importance and impact of high-quality PE, and were more confident in their ability to provide this.
Ben’s INSET for staff as well-received and gave teachers new ideas and approaches to teaching gymnastics and warm-ups. This input has ensured that the Sports Premium has left a lasting legacy for sports standards at our school.
The after school clubs and holiday sports activities Ben has run have always been well-attended by children of all ages. Children report that they think he is a ‘Brilliant teacher because his lessons are fun and we’re tired by the end’
I was delighted to extend Ben’s teaching contract for a further year this year. I would highly recommend him to other schools looking to improve their current sports provision.”