Since 2013 the Government has provided £millions per annum for primary school sport funding – the money goes directly into the school budget for Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all the children.
How to use the PE and sport premium
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they provide. This includes any carried forward funding from the 2019 to 2020 academic year, which must be spent by 31 March 2021.
The PE and sport premium should be used to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, for example by:
- providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children
- encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes
- establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sport clubs and activities and holiday clubs, or broadening the variety offered
- adopting an active mile initiative
- 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
Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement, for example by:
- actively encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support the delivery of sport and physical activity within the school (such as ‘sport leader’ or peer-mentoring schemes)
- embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, for example by:
- 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
- hiring qualified sports coaches and PE specialists to work alongside teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities offered to pupils
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils, for example by:
- introducing a new range of sports and physical activities (such as dance, yoga or fitness sessions) to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
- partnering with other schools to run sports and physical activities and clubs
- providing more and broadening the variety of extra-curricular activities after school in the 3 to 6pm window, delivered by the school or other local sports organisations
Increased participation in competitive sport, for example by:
- increasing and actively encouraging pupils’ participation in the School Games
- organising, coordinating or entering more sport competitions or tournaments within the school or across the local area, including those run by sporting organisations