PE and Sport Premium is a Government funded initiative that provides substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of, and participation in, sport and PE for all their children.
The government has continued its funding for Primary PE and School Sport into 2020-2021; meaning primary schools will be able to put in place longer term plans to improve provision.
The allocation for Esh Church of England Primary School for the academic year 2019-2020 was £16,940. This academic year 2020-21 the allocation is also £16, 940.
All pupils leaving primary school should be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:
- 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 being 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 sport and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Spending of sports funding is ring fenced and areas of allowable expenditure are:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with in primary schools to increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE
- Increased participation in competitive sport – running sports competitions or increasing pupils’ participation in school games
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional clubs
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
- Offering a broader experience of a range of sports and activities to all pupils (within curricular time as well as providing places for pupils in after school sports clubs)
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport