PE & Sports Premium

Physical Education and Sport Premium Funding

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

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.

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 :

  • 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.

Swimming Competency 2023-2024

At Bridgelea we use the premium to raise attainment in school swimming and water safety by funding top-up swimming sessions for those children who do not meet national curriculum requirements after they’ve completed core swimming lessons. 

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety. Due to exceptional circumstances, priority should be given to ensuring that pupils can perform safe self-rescue even if they do not fully meet the first two requirements of the NC programme of study 

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters? N.B. Even though your pupils may swim in another year please report on their attainment on leaving primary school at the end of the summer term 2024. 


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort uses a range of strokes effectively? 


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort performs safe self-rescue in water-based situations? 


Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and sport premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way? 


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