PE and Sport Premium
What is PE and Sport Premium?
In 2013, the government pledged to provide additional funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport provisions. The funding is provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport.
What is PE and Sports Premium for?
The funding is provided directly to primary schools and must only be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE, for all school children.
How much funding do Primary Schools receive?
Highlees will receive £19,290 PE and Sports Premium funding for the 2022/23 academic year.
How are we obliged to spend the funding?
We are required to use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer. The government lists five key indicators for which schools should expect to see an improvement.
· the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, which amounts to at least 30 minutes per day whilst in school, as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer;
· 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.
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.
To guide us in our use of the funding, the government suggests ways in which we can effectively use the money. These include PE and sport focused staff training and development; hiring qualified sports coaches; offering activities/school clubs targeted at less active children; entering more tournaments and competitions; and embedding physical activity into our school day as much as possible.
We are not permitted to use the funding to employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements, or to teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum.
Our objectives are:
· to improve the provision of PE at Highlees Primary School;
· for PE Provision to be judged as good by external monitoring ;
· to broaden the sporting opportunities and experiences available to pupils;
· to help our children develop a love of sport and physical activity.
How do we use the funding at Highlees?
The Highlees and Eyrescroft Federation values the benefits of PE and sport, and encourages our children to have healthy, active lifestyles. In our experience, an innovative, varied PE curriculum, and extra-curricular opportunities, have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude, and academic achievement of all our children.
At Highlees, we aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity, with the help of our dedicated sports coach, Miss Jarvis. All pupils at Highlees have two sessions of PE a week, covering dance, gymnastics, games and athletics. Years 4 to 6 have swimming sessions, where the children develop the skills required to ensure they are confident swimmers by the time they leave for secondary school. We encourage a competitive spirit, whilst recognising the value of co-operation, fair play and team work.
Highlees offers a wide variety of sports clubs for the children to participate in and enjoy the competitive ambience. We provide Football, Multi-skills across both Key Stages, Netball, Cross Country running, Dance, Rugby, Cricket, and Rounders. We also participate in a variety of sporting activities within the Jack Hunt Cluster : Multi-skills, Football, Rowing, Cricket, Dodgeball, Kingball, Netball, Rounders, and Athletics.
Physical Education is a vital part of our children’s education and we pride ourselves in the way we help to develop their knowledge of a healthy lifestyle and their formation of positive attitudes.
What improvements has the funding allowed us to make?
· We have worked collaboratively with the Jack Hunt Cluster Sports Partnership through which we have taken part in a wide selection of festivals : KS1 multi-sports, KS1 football tournament, Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament Level 2 and Level 3, Olympic Torch Legacy Challenge and Festival. This support helped us achieve a Bronze Mark for Physical Education. As a school, we also had an opportunity to have Sam Ruddock, (a Paralympian), to come and speak to our KS2 children to act as an inspirational role model.
· Sports Coaching for staff to help the teachers up-level their skills through in-house training. As a result, children are assessed with higher accuracy allowing teachers to ensure PE and sport provisions are tailored to meet individual needs.
Please see the below reports which include a breakdown of how our funding has been used and how we intend to ensure future sustainability.