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Dorset Primary PE Coordinator News - Autumn 2017

Latest Premium Announcements for 2017-18

Active Dorset is delighted to confirm that in July, the Government announced that all Primary schools in England will receive a straight doubling of their current PE & Sport Premium funding grant. This means that schools will be able to continue to deliver, improve and develop their high quality Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport provision.

Key Changes from September 2017

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil in Years 1-6
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 plus an additional payment of £10 per pupil in Years 1-6

Please click here to access further information on the DfE website. The Government released the latest guidance on the 24th October 2017.

Worthy of note are the new requirements around publication of swimming data, meeting the daily 30 minutes of activity for every child during the school day, and ensuring compliance with online reporting requirements.

What Remains the Same


"All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport"


"To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools"

The Government expect indicators of such improvement to include:

1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activitythe 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

2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement

3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

5. Increased participation in competitive sport

Schools are STILL advised not to use their funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)

School MUST still publish the full breakdown/uses of the funding by the 4th April 2018

Accountability Changes

1. All schools to provide 30 minutes of activity for every child, every day

  • A KPI around engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity has been revised to state that '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'

2. New Swimming Conditions

  • To publish how many pupils in Year 6 who are not meeting National Curriculum swimming attainment targets.
  • To provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • These are to monitor and tighten compliance with funding requirements.

3. New Sampling Review

This will involve up to 5% of primary schools per year in England.

To look at how schools are complying with the existing conditions of the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant - helping the Government to:

  • Build on their understanding of local practice
  • Inject challenge into the system
  • Highlight the importance of using the premium funding effectively

First reviews to be conducted in the summer term, 2018. Based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with the online reporting requirements.

New Uses

The Government now states that schools CAN also use their funding to:

  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • 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

Governor Information

School Inspection Handbook – Section 5

This states that when Ofsted focus on the 'Effectiveness of Leadership and Management' they will inspect:

  • How effectively leaders use the primary PE and sport premium
  • How effectively they measure its impact on outcomes for pupils
  • How effectively governors hold them to account for this
  • Ofsted will report on any failure to comply with statutory arrangements.

The Association for PE (afPE) have produced an excellent leaflet with key questions for Governors to consider when supporting their SLT.

Please click here to download it, or to read more.

Please use the afPE & YST document below for clear guidance about evidencing the impact of the Primary PE and School Sport Premium.

afPE & YST Evidencing Template for the Primary PE and School Sport Premium - Newly revised for 2017-18

The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly updated, to include swimming data.

Active Dorset strongly recommend that Headteachers, Governors and PE Coordinators should use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant with the Government guidelines for the premium.

Click HERE to download a Word copy of the template.

Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People

New for 2017-18

120 schools in Dorset have been selected to participate in the Active Lives Survey across 2017-18, where 40 schools will be invited to participate each term.

Sport England is collating information on the types and quantity of activity that children aged 5-16 engage in. Their research is supported by the DfE, Public Health and DCMS. Click here to read more.

Why participate in the Survey? Sport England will provide each school with a bespoke report outlining their results from the survey which will cover measures of children's activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, well-being, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. Schools will also receive £100+ to thank them for their involvement in this survey.

Has your school been selected this term? If so, contact ahargreaves@activedorset.org for more details. There is still time engage in the autumn survey and put your school on the Dorset map!

Our School Can

Inspiring Active Futures!

Our School Can is an exciting new campaign for schools in Dorset. The key focus is about inspiring active futures for our children and young people by sharing good practice across the county!

The campaign was launched at the Dorset PE and School Sport Conference in September 2017. Headteachers and PE Coordinators were invited to make a pledge about inspiring active futures in their own school, and to share that pledge with Active Dorset by Christmas 2017.

Primary Leadership Academy

Training Days for 2017-18

The Primary Leadership Academies train pupils in year 5 & 6 to become Bronze Young Ambassadors who operate in their own school as ambassadors and role models advocating PE and school sport.

They are the young people's voice on PE and school sport in their school and work to increase participation and healthy active lifestyles. The Primary Leadership Academies are delivered by the Dorset School Games Organisers (SGO's) and Young Ambassadors from secondary schools around the county.

Training days begin in October for 2017-18 so please contact your SGO soon to book your date! Click here for their contact details.

Change 4 Life

10 Minute Shake Up!

Change 4 Life have created Disney inspired 10-Minute Shake Up resources which are designed to energise/entice children to get moving and help count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day.

Change 4 Life resources are fully endorsed by the NHS and school nursing teams, so are ideal to share with your school community. Engaging parents with the Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up campaign is a great way to share information on 'how to' get children moving more and eating better. Click here to read more and here to download free resources for teachers.

Golden Mile Measure of Children's Levels of Activity

FREE online measurement tool!

The Premier group is focused on helping schools to motivate their children and young people to be active on a daily basis, and to monitor progress. For this to happen, the Premier group is offering Dorset schools free access to their Golden Mile soft wear.

What is the Golden Mile? The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all pupils regardless of age or ability. Pupils can walk, jog or run to convert laps into miles and measure their progress over time. Click here for further information.

Measure the Physical Activity Levels of Children in Your School

FREE Online Measurement Tool

UK's leading children's activity provider 'Fit For Sport' has created a free tool called the 'Healthy Active Schools System' (HASS). This is an online activity measurement tool which allows teachers to easily track, monitor and evaluate children's activity levels and report on this quickly and easily. Click here for further information.

Latest Government and Ofsted Documents

National Partner Support and Guidance Information

Sport England - Useful film clips on the development of PE and School Sport development, see clips below: