Funding for Primary School PE and Sports
The government is providing an extra £150 million of annual funding for the academic years of 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. The funding continued in 2016/17 and is likely to carry on until 2020. The aim of this funding is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools, and is provided jointly by various governmental departments, including Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport.
Although the funding has been allocated to primary school head teachers and has been ‘ring fenced’ – this means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, though how they do this remains their decision.
Ofsted will carry out a survey to report on the expenditure of additional funding and its impact.
Schools are required to publish how the funding has been used and the impact it has made. They have 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.
How Whitestone Infant School will Raise the Profile of PE Using the Sports Grant
Whitestone Infant School is already fortunate to have fantastic sporting provision for all EYFS and KS1 pupils, during curriculum time and out of school hours.
Using the Sports Grant however, we will be:
Working alongside the School Sports Partnership to train a dedicated PE & School Sports Apprentice with the aim of enhancing physical education and activity throughout the whole school day - ACHIEVED
Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
Running sport competitions & festivals and by increasing pupils’ participation in the school sports
Buying quality-assured professional development materials for PE and sport
Providing places for pupils on before school sports clubs
The PE & School Sport Learning Assistant will team up with class teachers & specialist coaches to provide additional focused support for pupils during PE lessons, additional sports coaching sessions and during extra-curricular activities. Another intention is for all children to increase their participation in physical activity at break & lunch times.
Whitestone focuses on one sport per term from Reception to Year 2. The pupils get to experience a range of games and skills during each term covering sports such as tennis, dance, basketball, cricket & hockey. We’re excited to improve our existing offering to get more children involved in traditional sports, as well as to introduce them to new ones they may never have had the opportunity to try.
Each term, an Intra-School Competition is held so pupils can develop their skills in a healthy, competitive sporting environment. We also aim to host a termly Inter-School Competition or Sporting Festival, for example ‘Sporting Circuits’ for Year 1 children from across our local cluster of schools.
The Sports Premium Funding, of approximately £8800 each year, is a welcome addition to our budget and we look forward to using it to make sustainable developments in our PE & School Sports provision. An impact evaluation report will be posted on our website and learning platform each academic year.