PE and School Sport Premium
– 2020/2021 Guide for SLT

pe and school sport
Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework gives greater recognition to schools’ work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors will expect to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. Schools should consider how they use their PE and Sport Premium to support this.

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What is it?

The Primary PE & School Sport Premium is designed to help children get an active start in life, supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise – from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement. 

The funding is a ring-fenced grant for English primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity. 

Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers. The average one form entry primary school will receive roughly £18,000 per year.

How much?

The amount depends on the number of students in years 1-6 based on the January 2018 school census, but in most cases:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil
  • Schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 and an additional £10 per pupil.

When?

The funding is paid via the local authority for maintained schools and directly to academies in two separate payments (an initial 7/12 of the funding and then 5/12 of the funding).

How it can be used?

Schools must use the funding to make additional & sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education, physical activity and sports offer by the school. So the premium should be used to: 

  • develop or add to the activities that a school offers
  • build capability (or capacity) within a school to ensure that improvements will benefit future students. 

Some Examples of Funding Use:

Schools must use the funding to make additional & sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education, physical activity and sports offer by the school. So the premium should be used to: 

  • develop or add to the activities that a school offers
  • build capability (or capacity) within a school to ensure that improvements will benefit future students
  • provide staff with professional development or resources such as Cyber Coach to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
  • purchase resources where they will help broaden the curriculum in order to improve the offer, up-skill teachers and/or improve levels of physical activity.

It can NOT be used for:

Unfortunately the fund cannot be used:

  • to employ coaches to cover PPA arrangements; 
  • to fund capital expenditure (we’ll be doing a BLOG on this shortly)
  • active mile/daily mile – schools should use existing playgrounds, fields, halls and sports facilities
  • to purchase resources to deliver core curriculum PE. These should be funded out of core budget if you are a state funded school
  • to pay for core swimming provision

Reporting

Schools must publish their use of the premium by the end of July on their website. The report must include: 

  • the amount;
  • a breakdown on how it was spent;
  • the impact of the spend; and
  • how the improvements will be sustained in future.

Coronavirus (covid) & the Primary PE and School Sport Premium

On the 5th July 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year.

The DfE has also sanctioned any Primary PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20), that schools were unable to use, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, can be carried forward to utilise in the next academic year.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson

“During these challenging times, it has become clearer to me than ever the importance of keeping active and how it benefits not just our physical health but also our ability to pay attention, our mood and our mental health too.”

 

“Every family will have had a different experience of the pandemic, and I know that many children will have missed time spent outdoors with their friends – that’s why it’s so important that ahead of a full return to school in September, schools get the certainty they need to prepare their PE and sports activities for next year.”

Ofsted's New Inspection Framework

Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework, which came into effect from September 2019, gives greater recognition to schools’ work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. 

Inspectors will expect to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities.

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