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Sport Premium

Primary PE and Sports Premium

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue at the same rate for the 2020/21 academic year. They have 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.

The 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 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.

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

Each school must publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium by the end of the summer term. Schools should publish the following information:

  • the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received
  • full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent);
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future.

Schools are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within the  year 6 cohort who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Supporting documentation

Department for Education Guidance PE and sport premium for primary schools

afPE Frequently Asked Questions – Support Document for Schools

Evidencing the Impact – Website Reporting Template

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