PE and Sports Premium Funding
In April 2013, the Government announced new funding 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.
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.
Primary PE & Sport Premium
On 28th July 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced some changes to the Primary PE & Sport Premium pages on the Gov.uk website to reflect recent ministerial decisions on the allocation formula for the doubled Primary PE & Sport Premium.
The high level changes are that from September 2017:
- Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil; and
- Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil
Ash Croft Primary Academy
2019/20 - £18,000
2020/201 - £17,790 + £4523 (carry over from previous year due to COVID-19 pandemic)
This is how we are using the funding:
to lead improvements in PE and school sport by providing staff training on how to teach PE well
employing qualified coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE
procuring quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport
paying staff or external sports coaches to run competitions, or to increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions
buying into existing local sports networks such as school sport partnerships or community sports coaching initiatives
providing subsidised places for pupils in after-school sport clubs
providing training and payment for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at breaks and lunchtimes
purchasing specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop a non-traditional activity such as competitive cycling
providing enrichment opportunities for pupils with additional coaching and support.
The impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and Sport provision:
We have more children now regularly participating in after school clubs
We ensure all children have weekly high quality PE lessons
We have taken part in competitions both within and out of school
All our PE teaching now is good or better
Ofsted have recognised that PE is well supported
We have participated in all Cycle training for Balance ability and Level 1 and 2 Bikeability
We have Out of school hours clubs throughout the year for FS2/KS1 and KS2
We organise an annual Sports day
We have a greater range of activities for the children to participate in at lunchtime.
Post COVID-19 Lockdown Provision
As an Academy, we made a decision after the children returned to school after the COVID-19 lockdown to increase the amount of time the children spent in school being physically active. Things that we have done to facilitate this are:
- Ensuring that all classes have an allocated 2 hours for completing PE lessons each week, rather than a large chunk of time being spent on getting changed.
- During lockdown (and while children are at home due to Bubble closures) the children (and parents at home) are encouraged to take part in a Joe Wicks assembly each week where we can do exercise together.
- Increased the amount of apparatus / equipment the children have available at playtimes and lunchtimes to encourage them to be more active.
- Provided training for Teaching Assistants and Midday Supervisors in PE and physical activity to ensure they can provide high quality opportunities.
- Swimming lessons have been on hold during Covid and will resume as soon as they can be safely facilitated.