PE and Sport Premium Funding
The Government extended the provision of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the 2019-2020 academic year which meant that Primary Schools received funding of £16000 + £10 per pupil. On 5th July 2020 the Department for Education confirmed that funding would continue for the 2020/2021 academic year.
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:
· Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
· 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
To enhance PE delivered by class teachers, the 2019-2020 Primary PE and Sport funding enabled St Mary’s to offer the children a wide range of sporting and other active opportunities. Sporting Chance provided varied sporting experiences to nurture a greater enthusiasm for sports; and children all had the opportunity to participate in sporting lunch break sessions and/or an inclusive free after school club. Forest School in our grounds and surrounding countryside supported all year groups to develop their awareness of the natural world and to build confidence and independence through new activities. Additional swimming lessons at 25m Flamingo Pool helped narrow the gap in swimming ability for Key Stage 2 with specialist instructors ensuring that more confident swimmers developed their water safety awareness and skills; Year 6 data is not published due to the small cohort. Sadly the escalating Covid-19 crisis meant that plans for most trips and inter-school events had to be aborted.
For 2020-2021 we will seek to find creative solutions to providing ongoing broad and unique opportunities against key indicators of the grant and within Covid-secure limitations. In school time and through lunch/after-school sessions, PH Sport will help the children to develop skills to succeed in all sporting activities. It is envisaged that PH Sport will also help the school to make further and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered. ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ will be prioritised and aligned to our ‘recovery curriculum’ following the children’s long absence from school due to national lock-down. More active learning opportunities are being investigated to tie in with the academic curriculum and our ongoing commitment to encourage children at St Mary’s to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.