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Sports premium funding is provided to most schools with primary-age pupils. Funding is provided to invest in PE and sports. Demonstrating the effectiveness and sustainability of the impact of sports premium funding is a large part of the requirements.
Funding for the premium is provided in two separate payments. The dates of this may vary depending on how your school is funded. But usually around October/November and April/May - unless you are a new school, teaching pupils for the first time. The number of eligible pupils in your school determine the level of sports premium funding your school will receive. The first 16 eligible pupils attract funding of £1000 per pupil. Additionally for each subsequent eligible pupil funding is £10 per pupil.
Firstly what is the funding for?
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer. This means that you should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your 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
So, no surprise there. PE and Sport Premium is designed to improve the quality of PE and sport offered by your school to students. Above all the funding is in place to support a positive impact on the sport currently offered by school. And also improve your future sporting activities, plans and events.
The Department for Education provide additional information on where to expect improvement:
There are 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 and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
Review these 5 key indicators. Especially when assessing and planning how to spend your funding. Accordingly the impact of sports premium needs to result in a marked improvement in all of these areas. There are a number of examples and ideas provided by the DfE around how sports premium can be spent. As well as the specific exclusions around staffing your school with coaches to cover PPA or using the premium to cover the cost of teaching the national curriculum.
Consider planning improvement in each of these key indicators with one or two projects. Especially projects that can run annually. This will provide a really useful way to deliver an ongoing and sustainable impact with your PE premium funding. Additionally collaboration with other local schools will provide a larger budget to plan with. Hence an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of your efforts. For instance a collaborative sports festival shared with other local schools. With a wide range of pupils competing improvement should be seen across 4 of the 5 key indicators.
What's more this is a fantastic thing to share on your website. Compliance with statutory requirements is transformed into something more exciting and engaging that involves the whole of your school community. Evidence the impact of sports premium funding by more than just a paper based report on what you did over the past year. Bring it to life with the events, news stories, and photographs.
Watch the video below by Sport England to get a taste of how different schools have worked to get more children into more sports.
There are some specific requirements provided that cover the PE and Sports premium funding. You must publish this information on your school website.
If your school receives PE (physical education) and sport premium funding, you must publish:
- how much funding you received
- a full breakdown of how you’ve spent the funding or will spend the funding
- the effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
- how you’ll make sure these improvements are sustainable
- how many pupils within their year 6 cohort can do each of the following:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
You can view these and more school website requirements and start checking off your website against this list.
To meet these requirements especially the effect or impact of sports premium, participation and attainment you will need evidence.
Evidence should be provided in line with the 5 key indicators for improvement. This should be harmonious with your anticipated impact of your PE and sports premium. Because the pre-determined desired impact is known, the data to be collected as evidence over the year is also known. As a result this data can be collected and to be available when required. Setting goals and desired impact will help to evidence the impact of PE premium and make the reporting process easier.
As previously mentioned your school website can help provide a richer picture of your evidence through additional content. Photographs and stories covering the active and confident sporting activities your school is providing.
We know evidencing the impact of sports premium is important. OFSTED assess primary PE and sport premium usage. With school leaders responsible to ensure effective use. However without evidencing the impact, it will be impossible to determine the effectiveness. So make the most of the opportunities available to share content and evidence impact. And then reap the additional benefits provided by sharing your content this way.
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.
Association for PE Guidance - http://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/evidencing-the-impact-guidance-template/
Youth Sport Trust Guidance - https://www.youthsporttrust.org/PE-sport-premium
The most recently updated requirements in this section of statutory website requirements are the swimming requirements. We've recently written a more in depth article just focusing on swimming requirements for your school website, head over that article for the full picture.
For more advice there are additional resources around your PE Sport premium and swimming available from Swimming.org including a link to a helpful document produced by Swim England - Advice to Schools on use of PE and Sport premium
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