Following from the London 2012 Olympic Games and to create a legacy following the success of the Olympics, in 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015 to improve provision of PE, school sport and physical activity in primary schools in England, naming it The Primary PE and Sport Premium. This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity in schools.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity they offer. This means that schools should use the premium to:
- Develop or add to the PE , school sport and physical activity programme that is already on offer
- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
For the full guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding please click here.
Areas for Improvement
According to the Association for Physical Education, there are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity. The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
To download a useful document from AfPE on the 5 key indicators please click here.
All schools must evidence the spending of the Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding by showing the impact it is having and how it is a sustainable spend, which will benefit the pupils who attend the school in the future. This evidence must be published on each school website, with a full breakdown of how the funding has been spent, how it was implemented, what impact it made and how it is sustainable. The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly updated, to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.
To download a copy of the reporting document please click here.
Useful information on the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding can be found on the AfPE’s website.
If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to contact the Greenacre Sports Partnership and we will endeavour to support you.