Physical Education and Sport Premium Funding
Our vision is for all pupils who attend Bridgelea Primary School to become physically literate and develop the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
We believe in the development of each individual child and focus on ensuring that our pupils leave with not only a sound understanding of academic subjects, but also with a strong set of life skills. One element of these ‘life skills’ is to ensure all children understand the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.
In 2013, in the aftermath of the Olympics, the government decided to provide additional funding to schools to improve the 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 -has been allocated to primary schools across the country. This funding can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
The government has now confirmed the doubling of the Physical Education and Sport premium funding to all primary schools for the academic year 2017-8 and the next 2018-9.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. The government guidelines are as follows;
- 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
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 PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. Funding allocations are based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 as recorded in the January 2018 census. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils received £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport in the academic year, for the benefit of pupils, to encourage the development of healthy active lifestyles.
As a school we have taken this to mean the following
- Develop of add to the PE, physical activity and sports activity that Bridgelea already offers.
- Build capacity and capability within Bridgelea, to ensure that ensures that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
We identified the following priorities for the 2018/19 academic year:
- Raising attainment in swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of Key stage 2.
- Embedding physical activity into the school day through active playground and active teaching.
- Introducing new sports or activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport.
- Providing staff with mentoring and resources to teach sport and PE more effectively and embed physical activity/PE across the school.
This will run alongside the work that our Outdoor Learning Lead (TLR post) and the work we are doing with the Erasmus project this year.
Swimming Competency 2018-2019