Primary Sport Premium

Government funding for schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport.

1. What is the PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools?

The PE and Sport Premium provides primary schools with £320m of government funding, which is sent direct to schools. Headteachers have flexibility to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)they offer.

Government Vision

The 2019 School Sport and Activity Action Plan expresses the government's commitment that children and young people will have access to a minimum of 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day, where 30 minutes is recommended to take place within the school day. This aligns fully with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for children and young people (CYP) who are aged between 5-18 years of age.

Correlation with Ofsted

Ofsted's new Inspection Framework, gives greater recognition to schools in supporting personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors want to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities with clear evidence of the use of their PE and Sport Premium.

Latest Guidelines

On the 30th October 2020, the Government released the latest information about the PE an sport premium uses for 2020-2021. It includes information about what to do with any underspend/roll-over from 2019-20.

2. How to use the PE and Sport Premium?

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that your school provides
  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools should use the premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:

  1. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  2. Profile of PE and sport is 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

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of schools' core staffing budgets
  • Teaching the minimum requirements of your existing PE curriculum
  • Funding capital expenditure

3. How can Active Dorset support Schools?

We provide Teaching School Alliances (TSAs), Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), headteachers, senior leaders, governors and PE leaders with bespoke advice and guidance about the Primary PE and Sport (PESS) Premium funding. We undertake local monitoring of primary school websites and runs regular updates through workshops, PE meetings and conferences to update colleagues with the latest headlines/local intelligence.

Our offer currently includes the following:

  • Bespoke advice on how to meet the conditions of the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.
  • Support with PE and Sport Premium report writing.
  • Guidance on how to evidence the impact on attainment and participation.
  • Advice on the sustainability of the Primary PE and Sport Premium expenditure.
  • Sign-posting to CPD and training opportunities to ensure schools and coaches can deliver an effective PE and School Sport offer.
  • Advice about the recommended qualifications of external coaches, and how to use the premium for their employment and deployment.

Report Deadline: Schools are to publish their reports by the 31st of July 2021.

Checking Service: If you have any queries or seek advice or support about the Primary PE and School Sport Premium for this year, please contact Annie Hargreaves.

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Annie Hargreaves

Active Dorset

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