Sport Premium funding is available 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 sport premium funding is a large part of the requirements which can be viewed in our school website requirements guide. Let's take a look at the requirements for your school website sport premium information.
PE/Sports Premium Funding - What is it?
Funding for the premium is provided in two separate payments. The date of this varies depending on how your school is funded. 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 determines the level of sports premium funding your school receives.
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
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 your school and it improves your future sporting activities, plans and events.
Sport Premium and Coronavirus
Following the school closures in 2019/2020, the DfE has distributed guidance regarding your school website sport premium reporting. The information states that excess funding, that was not spent in the Year 19/20 can be carried over to this current academic year. However, this funding must be spent by March. Therefore, we suggest that you note any funding carried over on your school website sport premium document or page. We would also suggest updating the document after March to confirm this funding has been spent as per the requirements.
Further information regarding school website sport premium and Coronavirus can be found here.
School Website Sport Premium 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.
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. The pre-determined desired impact is known. Also, the data to be collected as evidence over the year is known. As a result, this data can be collected and to be available when required. Moreover, setting goals and desired impact will help to evidence the impact of sports 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. Therefore, use photographs and stories to cover the active and confident sporting activities your school provides.
Evidencing the impact of sports premium is important because 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. Therefore, 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 School Website Sport Premium pages
A good school website 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 compliant 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 school community. Therefore, you should 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 - include an image (or even better a gallery of images) that evidences 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 - 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 sports 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.