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PE and School Sport Funding Update

Earlier this year the Department of Education confirmed that PE and School Sport funding would be doubled. Early today they realeased an update to the guidance attached to the funding.

The guidance stipulates that schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that schools should use the PE and School Sport Premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that their 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 also 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

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively

  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities

  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities

  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs

  • enter or run more sport competitions

  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs

  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games

  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school

  • provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum

  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

You guidance stipulates that you should not use your funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets

  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)

Accountability

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding. This must include:

  • the amount of premium received

  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)

  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment

  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools. You can get advice and resources to help deliver swimming lessons successfully in primary schools.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record your activity. The Department has commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template, which is available at:

Accountability reviews

Accountability reviews will be carried out after the April deadline for schools to have published details on their websites of how they have spent their premium funding. We will sample a number of schools in each local authority, with the schools chosen based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with the online reporting requirements.

Further advice

You can get further advice, including best practice examples of how schools are using their premium effectively, on the gov.uk teacher blog.

Visit Sports Coach UK’s ‘coaching in primary schools toolkit’ for advice on employing sports coaches for your school.

Watch short films on the Sport England website for more advice on using the PE and sport premium effectively. Sport England produced these films in collaboration with the Association for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, the County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass.

Find advice from Public Health England on what works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people.

You can also contact Sports Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for support with spending your PE and sport premium and contact the Active Lives Education Team to see how we can support your school to enhance your PE and School Sport provision.

 

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" We welcome further guidance that enables schools to make the right decisions on how to improve PE and School Sport. We work with a number of schools across Staffordshire and deliver a range of services that support schools to enhance their provision. We can support schools in a number of ways that schools are able to allocate their funding and can create an offer that has a really tangible impact on PE and School Sport. "

Alex Bedford, Director, Active Lives Education

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