What is the P.E. Premium?
The Government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and, therefore, can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE;
- supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs;
- paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport;
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport;
- running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games;
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport;
- providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs; and
- pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
How much has been allocated?
How is the money being spent?
The funding has been allocated to cover a variety of needs. There is a balance of curricular and extra curricular support, opportunities for children to be involved in a wide range of sports, specialist sports coaches supporting PE lessons to enable staff to develop their skills, and free lunchtime sports clubs for all year groups.
Christian Malford C of E Primary School was allocated £16,760 for the 2018/2019 Academic Year.
How was this spent?
- The money was spent on using outside sports providers to run free lunchtime sports clubs to encourage participation from those who do not normally participate in after school clubs.
- Subsidising after school clubs to increase participation.
- Outside sports providers took PE lessons, planned in conjunction with the teachers to target specific areas of need in the children and increase teacher’s knowledge in provision of PE.
- Enabling school participation in inter-schools competition by provision of transport.
- Giving identified children opportunities for personal development.
What was the impact?
- There was an excellent level of participation in lunchtime clubs with children taking part who would not normally choose to take a sports club.
- Sports providers reported increased levels of team working and improved sports skills.
- Attendance at after school clubs increased.
- Teachers benefitted from support in planning and delivering PE in school.
- Pupils were able to take part in inter-schools sporting events.