The PE and Sports Premium funding was introduced by the Coalition Government in 2013, following the ‘legacy’ of the successful 2012 London Olympic Games, with the aim of enabling schools to promote high-quality physical education and sports provision for all ages. Initially, schools received at least £8,000 per year to develop provision for PE and sport. In 2017, this funding was doubled to at least £16,000 per year, in response to the growing concern regarding high levels of obesity and low levels of activity of school-aged children and the general population. With the exception of a small grant for music, the PE and Sports Premium funding is the only funding allocated to schools which is earmarked for a specific subject or activity and, in many small schools such as Northenden Community School, the funding for this will outweigh the total budget of all other curriculum areas.
The school can use its PE and Sports Premium funding to:
- develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that the school already offers;
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
Specifically, school must use the premium to secure improvements in the following indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Offer guidelines recommend that all children and young people engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school’
- the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement;
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
- increased participation in competitive sport.
General National Aims
The PE and Sports Premium funding for schools is one of the ways in which the government aim to achieve much wider and long-term goals for the country’s health and well-being which include:
- to use the inspirational power of the Games and subsequent major sporting events to help deliver
lasting change in sport and physical activity;
- Britain continues to be one of the leading nations in the world in Olympic and Paralympic sport;
- The UK is one of the best places in the world to stage major sporting events, with
each one delivering its own lasting economic and social legacy;
- Britain is amongst the most physically active countries in the developed world;
- Health services harness physical activity for prevention, treatment and management
of long term conditions;
- The built environment and our transport infrastructure will be transformed to drive
high levels of walking and cycling;
- Every man, woman and child can find a sport they enjoy and in which they are able
to get involved easily, regardless of their ability or disability;
- Every child and young person enjoys high quality sporting opportunities on well-maintained
and accessible sports facilities and playing pitches;
- Everyone inspired by our hosting the Games to take up sport has stayed connected
with it for life;
- The big sports participation gender gap in Britain that existed in 2012 has closed.
Until 2015, government’s approach towards sport focused to a large extent on the number of people playing grassroots sport and the number of medals that were won at elite competition. “Sporting Future: a new strategy for an active nation”, the new government sport strategy published in December 2015, represented a significant shift in policy. It looks at how sport and physical activity can improve and contribute to five key outcomes: physical well-being, mental well-being, individual development, social and community development and economic development. The strategy represented a significant step in the government’s work on physical activity, first set out in 2014’s “Moving More, Living More” paper. This paper described government’s intention to deliver a physical activity legacy from London 2012 and to work collaboratively across sectors to tackle inactivity. Public Health England followed this work with “Everybody Active, Every Day” later in 2014, a national physical activity framework. Following the publication of “Sporting Future”, Sport England published their 2016 strategy “Towards an Active Nation”, setting out how it would support grassroots sport
to deliver against the new government aims. This placed inactivity at the heart of their work, with £250m of funding dedicated to tackling physical inactivity over the next four years.
Pupil Premium Funding : Past Years Implementation
Between 2013 and 2017, the school used its PE and Sports Premium funding to:
- commission the services of a highly-qualified and experienced Physical Education teacher to work with all teaching staff to improve their understanding of physical literacy, fundamental movement skills and teaching of team games. This teacher has worked with staff on a regular basis since January 2016. She models lessons, works with the children and offers advice and feedback to teachers on their teaching before, during and after lessons. This has had a great impact on teacher knowledge and the quality of teaching of PE and dance in school, particularly in the Early Years where the beginnings of fluent movement and body awareness are embedded.
- purchase a comprehensive scheme of work for all aspect of Physical Education, including dance. This has enabled teachers to examine more closely the expected progression across a number of lessons and assess pupils’ progress more effectively.
- contribute to the installation (alongside a Sport England grant of £20K+) of a soft surface play area and SMOOGA barrier system to enable games to be played in a dedicated and enclosed space at lunchtimes in a our relative small playground/field space (the school does not have a sizeable field). This has enabled team games to take place in a dedicated and enclosed space which is not trespassed by others pupils.
- employ sports coaches to deliver PE and sports sessions to different age groups, working alongside teachers to share their skills. This provision has enable teachers to learn the fundamentals of specific team games and how they are taught.
- employ sports coaches to deliver after-school (extra-curricular) sports activities every day of the week, offering a programme of sporting activities (multiskills and team games) to different age groups throughout the year. This has enabled a number of pupils from different year groups to learn and improve their skills in a multi-skills programme or specific team sport.
- purchase a range of sports equipment to promote physical activity and sports at lunchtimes, including hockey, basketball and badminton. This has enabled pupils to take part in physical activity and sport during lunchtimes.
- subscribe to the local games organisation to be able to take part in competitive sport. This has enabled the school to take part in an increasing number of competitive sports events against other schools. Sports include swimming gala, tag rugby, football, cross country and rounders.
- pay for mini-bus transport on an almost weekly basis for the efficient and supervised movement of pupils from our school (we do not host games given lack of field space) to various local venues for sports competitions. This has enabled all teams (usually 7 – 12 players) to travel together ‘as a team’ under the supervision of members of staff. This avoids staff having to use their own cars or relying on transport from parents which is not always reliable.
- pay for sports clothing and kit for teams and staff members. This has enabled competition teams to ‘look the part’ when visiting sporting events and playing against other schools.
- pay for the additional time of our Team Games Leader and other members of staff who accompany sports teams to events. This has meant that the time spent by staff in supporting team sport is valued by the school and that there have been a number of staff members who have committed their time to events.
- pay for ongoing training and development for our PE and Sports Co-ordinator. This has enabled our PE and Sports Leader to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in PE and Sports in Manchester, to receive advice from Sports Development Officers and to share practice with other schools.
- pay for Year 4 pupils to take part in climbing at a local climbing centre. This has introduced a new physical challenge for pupils.
- provide a subsidy for Year 5 pupils to take part in a 3-day residential of outdoor physical and problem-solving activities (Robinwood). This has enabled the vast majority of Year 5 pupils to undertake some physical challenges, raise self-esteem, and improve resilience and team work, all while away from their parents and the home environment.
- pay for multi-purpose playground markings in the main playground for team games during PE lessons and lunchtimes. This has enabled zoning of the playground and the playing by the rules for games such as tennis and hockey.
2017 – 2018 Implementation Report
In 2017-2018, the school went from strength to strength in promoting physical activity and involving pupils in competitive sport. The PE and Sports Premium Report for 2017-2018 can be found here.
- The year started very well with our Team Games Leader, Mrs Moran, winning the Greater Manchester Sports Champion Award.
- More pupils than ever, including more girls, took part in competitive sport.
2018 – 2019 Implementation Plan (Summary)
In 2018, we aim to use our £18,000 funding to:
- continue providing regular professional development for teachers, including mentoring and coaching from a qualified and experienced PE Teacher/Team Games Organiser;
- employ sports coaches to work alongside staff to promote and teach pupils about physical activity and exercise as part of a healthy and active lifestyle;
- employ sports coaches to lead after-school (extra-curricular) sports activities;
- run a number of activities to promote physical development and stamina, and the beating of a ‘personal best’;
- run at least 6 intra-school sports competitions during the year, including the summer sports day;
- enter as many inter-school sports competitions as is practicable and possible, including new sports events (biathlon) and for different year groups, including Year 2
- encourage pupils to take on leadership (Sports Leaders) roles that promote and support physical activity at lunchtimes (e.g. training for older pupils to support younger pupils)
- embed physical activity into the school day through active playgrounds and active teaching
- provide training for school staff in the teaching of swimming (to support existing instructors)
- provide top-up swimming lessons for those children who are unable to swim 25 metres by the end of Year 4
The full plan for 2018 – 2019 can be found here.
The school aims that some of the above activities are sustainable beyond the funding period because:
- the commitment of the school to PE and Sports and the profile the subject has across the school has been raised in recent years. This is thanks to the commitment of key members of staff and the children who are keen to take part in PE lessons and extra-curricular activities;
- the equipment purchased by the school is of good quality and should last a long time (allowing for general wear and tear and depreciation), although rackets, balls and smaller equipment will need to be replaced and therefore funded by school budget;
- teaching staff (allowing for staff turnover and need to support new staff) have had a significant amount of support to improve their understanding of physical literacy, fundamental movement skills and team games to enable them to deliver high-quality PE without mentoring or support;
- parents have contributed a relatively small amount of personal funding to the running of extra-curricular activities (less than £2 per session). This, alongside some premium funding, has paid for the sports coaches and school staff who run the activities. Additional funding from parents may be possible to cover the full costs of extra-curricular in the future.
£18,000 is a significant amount of annual external funding and without it, it is highly unlikely that the school could fully sustain all of the activities it does now in support of PE and Sports in school. Reduction in funding would affect some aspects of the provision, including:
- provision of mini-bus team transport to and from sporting events;
- payment for staff to accompany pupils to sporting events;
- the number of sessions during the school day led by sports coaches;
- the number of CPD sessions offered to teaching staff during the year;
- the purchase of additional equipment beyond the basics;
- subscription to external organisations, e.g. School Games Organisers