In the 2016 budget, to help improve the health of future generations, the then chancellor George Osbourne announced the doubling of the physical education and school sport premium from £160 million per annum to £320 million per annum until 2020.
For 2017 to 2018, schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil and schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
What is the purpose of the physical education and school sport premium?
- The premium is jointly funded by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and is to be used in schools on increasing and improving physical education and sport for all pupils
- The premium enables schools to establish the foundations for a sustainable strategy for a lasting physical activity legacy, by improving provision in school of school sport and introducing health focused physical activity
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE, physical literacy and sport in primary schools.
- To engage all pupils in regular physical activity in the hope of creating healthy active lifestyles
- Increase profile of PE and sport within school
- Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience in range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sports
The physical education and school sport premium is ring-fenced and must only be spent on physical education and sport provision in schools.
How you should use your funding?
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer, including:
- Introduce new sports or activities such as dodgeball or tchoukball to encourage more pupils to take up sport. This can be through new sport equipment or new sports facilities
- Improve the current sports with new equipment. Carry out an audit of your current PE resources to ensure they are fit for purpose
- Hire qualified coaches to work alongside PE co-ordinators
- Provide existing staff with training resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- Support and involve the least active children by running or extending sports and holiday clubs at your school
- Increase pupil participation in the school games
- Run sports activities with other schools.
How you should not use your funding
- Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment arrangements. These should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets
- Teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programme of study – including those specified for swimming
There are five 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
For example, you can use your funding to:
- Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
- Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
- Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
- Enter or run more sport competitions
- Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
- Increase pupils’ participation in the school games
- Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
- Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
- Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a fantastic opportunity for schools to make a life changing difference in getting children active who would normally shy away from participating in mainstream sports.
To enable and empower a child who would normally not want to be involved in being active, to see them participate in new and varied activities is key to their physical and educational development.
Ofsted require schools to publish how they had used their Primary PE and Sport Premium. YPO is extremely proud partners of the Association of PE (afPE). The afPE is the only representative PE Subject Association in the UK.
afPE in conjunction with the Youth Sports Trust have created simple to use template to publish the use of the premium to ensure a school’s compliance.
Here at YPO, we would like to know what your thoughts and opinions are on the Primary PE and Sport Premium, and do you think it is proving effective in enhancing PE and activity within schools?
A recent report published by EDCO revealed amongst other intriguing statistics, that a whopping 41% on average of the premium was spent on hiring external coaches and that just 31% of primary schools indicated that all staff that lead PE lessons have not undergone any form of CPD PE training or were qualified to do so.
Is this a true reflection on your establishment?
What will you as a school most likely be spending your premium on in 2018, and what are your biggest challenges in achieving the desired outcomes of the premium programme?
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