Primary school PE and sport funding
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2020 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census in January 2013.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
1.hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
2.supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
3.paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
4.providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
5.running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
6.buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
7.providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
8.pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
From September 2013, schools will be held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors’ handbook' and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact.
Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day
At St Nicholas Catholic Primary school we have identified several areas which we aim to improve and enhance through the use of Sport Premium funding, in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils in PE, sport and physical activity.
Our identified priorities for 2016/2017 are:
Impact of the sport premium in 2015 - 2016:
During the academic year our children have had access to more competitions, coaching and clubs than in previous years. The sports calendar for this academic year has been fuller than it has ever been. Our success at these competitions is also improving as our children become more committed to clubs and are developing their fitness and skills base.
The impact of having a specialist PE coach from Corpus Christi Catholic College at school is apparent. Staff have been able to work closely with the coach to learn how to teach a high quality lesson. Staff feedback has been very positive.
We have developed an increased programme of extra curricular activities that pupils in all key stages have access to. They aim to develop fitness and to develop stronger sports teams to help us improve at competitions.
The PE Premium has been used to send staff on training courses to develop their PE knowledge and confidence. To develop the PE subject leader we have sourced training to ensure we are up to date with changes to the PE curriculum.
Registering to Active Schools has enabled the school to access more competitions and sporting events that run across Leeds. It has also enabled us to network with other schools in the local area.