Primary PE & Sport Premium

Outdoor grounds and playground specialists Playforce explains how schools can use the premium to create flexible, practical and sustainable activity spaces that don’t cost the earth.

special schools), pupils aged five to 10 attract the funding. Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. Schools receive 7/12ths of funding in October/ November and the remaining 5/12ths in April/May.

how can you use it? According to government, schools must use the funding to “make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer”. In many cases, schools use the funding to develop their outdoor space, train staff how to deliver more sports and active-based learning, or hire professional sports coaches to work with staff and students.

SCHOOLS are under increasing pressure to demonstrate a commitment to growing active and sports time, as well as more creative, outdoor ways to deliver traditional learning. But they face two key challenges. The first of these is funding. With less money to achieve more, it’s tough to know where to find the money. The second challenge is working out how to use (often small and poorly maintained) outdoor space for a host of different purposes and a wide range of ages - and that’s before we get started on wider community use and learning

outcomes. The Primary PE & Sport Premium can help, so what do you need to know?

what is it? This is ring-fenced funding (£320m per year) available for primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their children. Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium. Funding is based on the number of pupils in years one to six. In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some

recording and reporting A big part of the Primary PE & Sport Premium is an obligation to record and report progress. This is done through Ofsted inspection and self assessment. There are five key indicators where schools should expect to see improvements: 1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity

2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement

3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

5. Increased participation in competitive sport 35

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