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.
PE/Sports Premium Funding - What is it?
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. Essentially the funding serves two purposes; it supports the positive impact on sport currently offered by school and it improves your future sporting activities, plans and events.
Improving PE/Sports in School
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.
Spending Sports Premium Funding
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, take 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.
A note on Swimming
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
PE/Sports Premium Website Requirements
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.
Evidencing the Impact of Sports Premium Funding
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. Use photographs and stories to cover the active and confident sporting activities your school provides.
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.
Best Sports Premium pages
It goes without saying that a good sport premium page contains all the statutory requirements as listed in the school website requirements guide. But, like so many other statutory pages, schools are often guilty of creating a complaint page instead of an engaging, interesting AND compliant page.
Your sport premium funding is a fantastic thing to share on your website. Compliance with statutory requirements can be 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.
There are some great ways to take your page to the next level. Here are some ideas:
- Action shots - why not include an image (or even better a gallery of images) that evidence the impact of your funding. Action shots of after school clubs and other exciting activities always look great. Children often have big bright smiles or a look of determination that comes out more naturally when they are focused on a task they love!
- News/Events/Blogs - you can tag your dynamic content to your static content in the Schudio system. Consider putting a tag in place so whenever you write a sport related News Article, Event or Blog you can make it appear on your sport premium page as related content.
- Video Interviews - are you using video yet on your site? Video is such a great way to engage with people - everyone loves videos. If you are looking for a place to start how about interviewing a child or group of children about the new equipment you have purchased? Or the new club you have been able to run? This would be a really great way to evidence the impact of your spending
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