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 are 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 2014 – 2015, 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.
In addition to the regular P.E. sessions held weekly in every class, the Sports Plus coaches have provided a range of lunch time and after school activities. These activities include football, hockey, tennis, athletics, cricket and rounders. These clubs have proven very popular and in many cases children have been placed on a ‘waiting list’ due to over subscription. Just over 70% of all pupils across the school took part in an extra curricular activity throughout the year, which is broadly in line with the figures from last year.
The Sports Plus coaches also provided opportunities to take part in inter school competition. The most notable of these was the Natwest Kwik Cricket Tournament, in which the Brownmead Girls’ Team became the Birmingham School Champions and progressed to the regional finals
Within the pilot Partnership games, Brownmead came 2nd out of ten schools, in the Year 3-4 mixed athletics. Our Year 5-6 came 5th in the same tournamnent. Our Year 3-4 came 2nd out of ten schools in the rounders tournament and our Year 5-6 came 4th.
Also held throughout the year were ‘Change for Life’ clubs. These were aimed at making sport fun for all children regardless of their ability and were held during normal school hours. Children who would otherwise be unable to attend were therefore able to access the extra sessions