PE and Sport Premium Funding for Primary Schools
Since 2013, the government has provided additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sport Premium. This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered.
They should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities 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
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 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
Raising attainment in primary school swimming
Swimming is a national curriculum requirement and by the end of key stage 2 pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water. The 3 national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety are to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- perform a safe self-rescue in different water based situations
- use a range of strokes effectively
The premium can be used to fund the professional development and training that is available to schools to train staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.
The premium may also be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the 3 national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety - after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. We are able to offer all our pupils swimming lessons each academic year, from EYFS to Y6. All children have swimming lessons for a term. Pupils in KS2 who are unlikely to meet the 3 national curriculum requirements benefit from 2 terms of swimming lessons each year.
Schools are required to publish information on the percentage of their pupils in year 6 who met each of the 3 swimming and water safety national curriculum requirements. Please note, due to our small sized cohorts, we have suppressed this information to protect the identity of our pupils.
A full breakdown of how we have spent the funding: The following documents evaluate how our school spent its allocation of PE and Sports Premium Funding for the previous academic years; the effect on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment; how we make sure these improvements are sustainable.
The contribution of PE and Sport Premium funding to the Personal Development of our pupils
PE and school sport play a very important part in the life of Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary School. We believe that PE and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children as healthy and well-rounded individuals and is an important tool in promoting positive well-being and mental health. As part of our commitment to well-being, we encourage the children (and staff) to take part in our 'Daily Mile'. PE also supports the learning we do around Building Learning Power which encourages pupils to develop life-long skills such as resilience and collaboration. We encourage an active lifestyle, healthy eating and provide access to extra curricular PE activities. We ensure that Golden Time always has a sporting activity where we may offer less common sporting activities like tri-golf and archery. We are lucky to have a cycling specialist working in school so we are often able to offer cycling experiences too. Our aim is to develop lifelong interests in sport and health which are enriching and fulfilling.
We celebrate our participation and success in sport on our weekly newsletters and each week there is an award for our 'Player of the Week'. This is displayed on our PE display board.
School Games Gold Quality Mark Awarded in 2022/2023
This recognises and celebrates our commitment, engagement and delivery of PE sport.