PE and Sport Premium Funding
The Government extended the provision of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the 2020/21 academic year which meant that Primary Schools received funding of £16000 + £10 per pupil. In June 2021, the Department for Education confirmed that the Premium will continue for the next academic year 2021/22.
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 English primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity. Schools should use the premium to secure improvements against the following 5 key indicators:
Key indicator 1 – Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
Key indicator 2 – Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
Key indicator 3 – Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
Key indicator 4 – Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
Key indicator 5 – Increased participation in competitive sport
2020/21 Overview and 2021/22 preliminary planning
KI-1 Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity: Positive impact successfully driven through Active Thorncombe strategy including: implementation of active learning opportunities and active boosts; active trips linked to curriculum e.g. Arla Organic Dairy Farm and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens; regular extra-curricular fitness/sports clubs including KS2 football in response to parent requests. The Active Thorncombe strategy will be developed into 2021/22.
KI-2 Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement – Leaders successfully developed and deployed the Active Thorncombe strategy linking SDP objectives, positive values/behaviours and engagement of the wider school community to support whole-school improvement. This integrated approach closely aligns to promoting healthy lifestyles supporting physical and mental wellbeing, particularly in view of Covid-19 challenges. The school participated in national awareness events (Children’s Mental Health Week, Walk to School Week and Healthy Eating Week) and new Active Ambassadors promote physical activity in school life. The Active Thorncombe strategy will be developed into 2021/22.
KI-3 Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport – Staff gained confidence and useful insights from engagement with PH Sports coaches and external providers during delivery of sport, alternative physical activities and team building sessions on and off the school site. This will be a focus for 2021/22 to develop longer term sustainability within school.
KI-4 Key indicator 4 Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils: Positive impact successfully landed through a varied selection of activities and trips offered within and around Active Thorncombe Week e.g. whole school ‘tasters’ for trampoline, circus skills, archery, tri-golf and indo boarding; and KS2 sailing, climbing, caving, orienteering and teambuilding. Children’s feedback about ‘taster’ sessions will guide the introduction of new activities in school for 2021/22 and the sustainability of Forest School will be a focus.
KI-5 Increased participation in competitive sport – Children continued to develop their sporting skills through core curriculum PE and competed in school sports day. However, due to caution and restrictions around Covid-19, plans were aborted for inter MAT and engagement with other schools in competitive sport. This will be prioritised for 2021/22 assuming Covid-19 restrictions allow.