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Government Funding for PE and Sport

What is it?

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport provision.

Funding will be allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school will receive about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

Impact of 2015/16 spending

Downsway Primary School received £7,816 for the Sports Premium Grant for the academic year 2015-16.

This money was used to employ a specialist PE teacher for one and a half days a week to teach PE and sport across the whole of the school. The standard of instruction in gymnastics and dance across Key Stage 2 improved during this time and the profile of both sports was promoted. Street Dance and Gymnastics after school clubs are now attended by 30% of Downsway pupils.

The specialist teacher worked alongside staff to improve their confidence and subject knowledge and a scheme of work was produced for all year groups.

After the teacher found employment within a secondary school setting, the school decided not to re-employ a PE specialist but to use the remaining Sports Premium Grant to help promote a greater range of sports, including offsite activities.

How will it be spent in 2016/17?

The grant for the 2016/17 academic year is £8,920.  After discussion with Get Berkshire Active, we have decided to spend a proportion of the 2016-17 funding (£4,805) on a climbing wall for the school grounds. This will help us to introduce a new activity and encourage more pupils to take up sport. The idea for a climbing wall came from pupils and has been discussed at School Council meetings. The remainder of the grant will be spent on an offsite activity for children in Year 5, to promote the ‘outdoor and adventurous activity challenge’ aspect of the PE curriculum. The PE leader is currently finalising plans for this.