PE and Sports Funding
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental well-being (increasing self-esteem and emotional well-being and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
What is the School Sports Premium?
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is allocated directly to schools and can only be spent in this way. All primary schools are allocated a lump sum of £16000 plus a premium of £10 per pupil. Schools have to use this funding to improve their provision of PE and sport but we have some freedom in deciding how we will do this. Possible uses for this funding include:
- hiring specialist PE/sport teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE/sport to improve their skills
- providing existing staff with training and resources to help them teach PE/sport more effectively
- providing cover to release teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- introducing new sports or activities that will encourage more pupils to take up sport
- running sport competitions or activities with other schools
- providing places for pupils in after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- supporting and involving the least active pupils in accessing sport
We are committed to ensuring that all children benefit from the Sports Premium regardless of ability and that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete and access sporting facilities in the wider community.
In the academic year 2020-21 we were allocated £17,860. We also had £3220 carried over from 2019-20. An overview of how this was spent and the resulting impact is detailed in the report below.