We have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true at primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.
Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, alongside high-quality PE provision taught by confident and knowledgeable teachers and opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities. PE and sport premium grant funding should be used by schools towards these aims.
Use of the PE and Sport Premium
We must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity we provide.
This means that we must use the PE and sport premium to:
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
- develop or add to the PE, sport and physical activity that your school provides
Making sustainable improvements should be considered as a priority. This is often achieved through developing and investing in the knowledge and skills of the teaching staff and other school staff who may have involvement in supporting a lasting change to the school’s approach to physical activity, curriculum PE or provision of school sport.
We use the PE and sport premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
- Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils.
- Increased participation in competitive sport.
Examples of how these may be achieved include:
- providing staff with professional development, mentoring, appropriate training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils and embed physical activity across your school.
- embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching.
- providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children.
- raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2 – every child should leave primary school able to swim.
See how we have used our PE and Sports Premium by clicking the links below.