About the PE and sport premium
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing 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.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport they provide.
We use the PE and sport premium to:
- develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport we provide
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
PE and sport premium is used to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, for example by:
- providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children
- encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes
- establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sports clubs and activities
- adopting an active mile initiative
- raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2 – every child should leave primary school able to swim
The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement, for example by:
- actively encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support the delivery of sport and physical activity within the school (such as ‘sports leader’
- embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, for example by:
- providing staff with professional development, mentoring, appropriate training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils, and embed physical activity across your school
- hiring qualified sports coaches and PE specialists to work alongside teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities offered to pupils – teachers should learn from coaches the necessary skills to be able to teach these new sports and physical activities effectively
We work with our local Active Partnership who provide further advice on how best to use our PE and sport premium. Active Partnerships coordinate the local availability of PE, school sport and physical activity, and can help us find the right sports opportunities and facilities.