PE and sport premium for primary schools
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The government is spending over £450 million on this funding over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.
Which schools are eligible?
Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium in the academic year 2014 to 2015, including:
- academies and free schools
- maintained schools
- special schools
- non-maintained special schools
- city technology colleges (CTCs)
- pupil referral units (PRUs)
- general hospitals
How much funding will schools receive?
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.
How to use the PE and sport premium
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best of way using of the money. For example, the funding could be used to:
- hire specialist PE teachers
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools.
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium funding.
Brownmead’s use of the funding
For the academic year 2013 – 2014, Brownmead have used all of the School Sports Premium to employ specialist PE coaches through ‘Sports Plus’. The coaches from Sports Plus have been working alongside regular teaching staff to deliver quality PE for every year group. In addition to this the coaches have been providing both after school and lunchtime activities so as to ensure a maximum number of pupils are able to enjoy sporting activities whilst at school.
The purpose of the employment of the Sports Plus coaches is twofold. Firstly, as a school, we wish to raise the enjoyment level of PE for the pupils. We would also like to increase participation in sporting activities by offering a variety of engaging activities. As well as this staff working alongside the Sports plus coaches will increase in confidence to lead quality PE sessions themselves.
Therefore, the success of this initiative can be measured in three ways. We would expect to see pupils’ enjoyment of the subject increase and we would also expect the number of pupils taking part in extracurricular sporting activities increase considerably. It should also be the case that staff are more confident about the delivery of PE.