The funding must be used to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-age pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
This blog has been written to share some top tips to ensure effective usage of the funding.
To ensure the funding is spent effectively and sustainably, undertake a PE, Sport and Physical Activity review to identify areas for development and to ensure the school’s needs are met.
It is recommended that your school has a subject leader for PE. It is important they are involved with deciding how the premium should be spent.
Set some clear outcomes you want to achieve with the funding. This could include improving progress and skills, increasing participation and broadening the range of opportunities available.
It’s important for schools to consider how the funding will enhance, rather than replace, existing provision.
The funding must benefit all pupils, not just pupils who are already engaged in sports activities. Think about the needs and wants of your pupils that will encourage them to be more active, more often.
Consider whether these improvements will be sustainable in the long term. Does the investment impact on future pupils as well as current pupils?
Do your school staff have training needs to give them the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to fulfil the outcomes you want to achieve with the funding?
If you are employing external coaches to work in your school, try to get them to work alongside school staff. As a school you should assess the quality and impact of their delivery. (The funding cannot be used for PPA cover.)
Ensure you are able to evidence the impact of the strategies and be accountable for the spend. You must share on your website how you will use the funding and the impact it has. Ofsted is tasked with monitoring the spending of the PE and school sport premium.
Every school is different. It’s important that schools develop and own their own plan for spending the PE premium. You know your school and what is best for your pupils.
- Association for Physical Education: afpe.org.uk
- Youth Sport Trust: youthsporttrust.org
- Sports Coach UK: sportscoachuk.org
- Sport England: sportengland.org
With thanks to Derby City School Sport Partnership for writing this post. Derby City School Sport Partnership works closely with primary, secondary and special schools to develop opportunities in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity for young people in Derby. The School Sport Partnership is hosted and employed by Derby County Community Trust and we work collectively to maximise the positive impact that high quality PE, School Sport and Physical Activity can have on young people. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @DerbyCitySSP