In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport, to be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. Funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school received about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15. Funding will continue for 2015/16.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
In 2014/15 our school received: £9,439
In 2015/16 our school will receive approximately: £10,185
In 2016/17 our school will receive approximately: £10,000
This is how we are using the funding:
employing qualified coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE
employing qualified coaches to lead after-school sports clubs, open to all learners regardless of any disability or special educational need
procuring quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport
qualified sports coaches to run competitions, or to increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions
quality assuring the work of sports coaches to coach in PE lessons and after-school sports clubs
buying into existing local sports networks: school sport partnerships
providing places for pupils in after-school sport clubs
engaging the least active pupils in after school/ physical activities, for example ‘Livewell’ and after school clubs
providing high-quality training for volunteers, parents and carers, governors and adults other than teachers to run sports teams, after school clubs and assist in organising large school sports events
employing coaches to provide weekly after-school sport on the school site
forging links with PE teachers in local secondary schools to help primary staff improve their PE and sports provision
establishing strong, sustainable partnerships with local community sports clubs where no links have been made in the past
paying for transport, pool hire and instruction to provide additional swimming lessons for those pupils unable to swim by the end of Year 6
providing extra, additional activities such as outdoor and adventurous activities
introducing new initiatives such as basic movement skills in the Early Years Foundation Stage, or developing young sports leaders in Key Stage 2
providing pupils who are gifted and talented in sport with expert, intensive coaching and support.
The impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision:
An increased participation and variety of sports on offer in after school clubs including Tag Rugby, Football, Dance, Gymnastics and Kick Boxing.
AN increase of 15% of learners that achieved swimming a distance of 25 meters.
All PE teaching now good or better.
70 more children have participated in competitions throughout the academic year.
150 more children have accessed after school/ breakfast club spots clubs.
Individual successes regional/national competitions in gymnastics and athletics.