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PE and Sport Premium

What is 'PE and Sport Premium' Funding?

Primary PE and Sport Premium is an initiative that aims to help increase and improve the PE and sporting opportunities for children. It was first provided in the 2013/2014 academic year and the current Government has pledged to continue this funding until 2020.  Some of the funding for this is provided by the 'sugar tax'.

PE and Sport Premium funding is provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Culture and the Department for Media and Sport.  It has been allocated to primary school head teachers and is ring-fenced, meaning that it can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.

The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the funding for PE and Sports in school. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance outcomes of all pupils compared with their peers;
  • the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular in those areas where specific funding has been provided; and
  • the reports that schools are required to publish online for parents/carers.

All primary schools receive a lump sum of £16,000, plus £10 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll.  We aim is to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised, with all children, regardless of their background, engaging in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision.

Review of PE Plan September 2019- September 2020


Like all events in this unusual year, the plan for PE and sport was disrupted as many of the proposed events for the year were cancelled.

A result of this is that there has been a reduction in the level of physical activity of the pupils. From the start of lockdown until the return in September, with the exception of key workers' children, the responsibility of pupils’ physical fitness became the parents. As a school we encouraged all pupils to take part in Joe Wicks PE sessions daily as part of their online learning. All pupils in school, and staff, took part with Joe Wicks every day. We also took part in a virtual run around  the world, an event organised by the High Suffolk School Sports Partnership (HSSSP), with 15% of the pupils taking part. With no Sports Day taking place this year, we held a virtual Sports Day and the results were published on the school's website.  While it may not have been the most physically strenuous Sports Day, but for the mental well-being of pupils, it produced a fun activity, with much laughter.

The lockdown was a huge disappointment for the school as we had a very talented and committed group of pupils in Year 6. There is no doubt they would have gone on to greater success during the year. I had planned to submit a Gold School Games Mark. We had also been recommended by Mr Parry, the HSSPA Manager, to enter the Suffolk School Sports Awards, an application he was prepared to support.

The lack of physical activity wasn’t helped with sports clubs also been locked down, as many pupils take part in extra-curricular activity both in and out of school. In September external sports clubs slowly started again with pupils returning to; football, swimming, rugby, dance etc. Within school being restricted to our bubbles, every class is participating in one weekly session of PE. This weekly session is and will be hampered by restrictions: in staffing availability to support gymnastics; in the use of the hall; and the weather. As a staff we are trying to be creative within the restrictions, using movement breaks within the classroom and using external agencies to support physical activity at lunchtimes.

Moving forwards, the opportunities for physical activity will be restricted until the spring term. With the November lockdown extra-curricular clubs for pupils have been lockdowned again, hence restricting the opportunities for physical activity.

The result of the lockdown is that we have £5,600 that we have not spent. This money can be carried over, but must be spent by March 2021. Some of the money is earmarked to be spent on replacement equipment and supporting physical activity at playtimes.

It must be also noted that government thinking about PE and Sport funding may change in the future.  This year’s announcement that the funding was continuing, arrived very late. The fact that there was plenty of evidence that levels of activity in children had fallen during lockdown; meant politically it had to continue. I feel the picture might be different next year. So as a school we need to look forward and plan for the implications of not having this money  from September 2021 as some staffing costs are funded by this money.

The review of the Plan

I have taken the five key areas that we were working towards and summarised the developments

Key Indicator 1: The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officer Guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.

At the start of September 2019, we had increased the number of activities and number of pupils engaging in physical activity at play time. We were working at 15% of pupils engaging in structured play on a daily basis. The use of leadership of play activities did not take place, staff shortages towards and after Christmas led to a lack of adult leadership of playtime activity. This resulted in less pupils being engaged in structured physical activity at playtimes. For this to continue we need to have staff supervising activities to ensure continuity and sustainability.  The use of the Daily Mile track was been used on average by 60% of the classes on a daily basis.  Premier Sport came in and reviewed the level of fitness across all classes.  As part of the review, they were due to return in the summer term to check progress, which did not take place due to the lockdown. There is no doubt that overall levels of pupils' activity had fallen.

Key Indicator 2: The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.

In this area we were looking to improve pupils’ behaviour at play times, however, the training planned by the HSSSP did not happen before lockdown. While we have resourced equipment to use at playtimes and have playleaders, we have not developed the idea of leadership in PE and sport; with a few small exceptions, such as the appointment of sports captains and some of the Year 6 pupils supporting with after school gymnastics.

The postponement of PE conferences annulled the possibility of looking at new ideas/resources to improve school improvement through PE.

Key Indicator 3: Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.

Gymnastics continued its development across the school. Pupils are continuing to perform at a level that is above the expected across the school.  This shows that the teaching is not aimed at just producing gymnastic team to compete in HSSSP events, but is an all-inclusive activity for pupils with a high percentage of pupils taking part in extra-curricular activity. Gymnastics continued to be supported across the school with new staff receiving training. Through the Observe, Teach, Reflect, Teach, model of teaching, the gymnastics curriculum was reviewed.  It was planned that Mrs Jones would observe more lessons and after reflection from these observations, the medium term plan would be reviewed.  This review was not able to happen as planned.  The lockdown did mean that staff costs continued without having a major effect on the physical fitness of pupils, as no gymnastics lessons were taking place. We did do some health related fitness with Mrs Jones working with the keyworkers' children.

As part of the school's curriculum review, the PE curriculum was reviewed during lockdown.  There was a plan to introduce some teaching of fitness training for staff and to introduce new activities that are non-competitive, but will develop physical fitness and well-being in pupils. 

Key Indicator 4: Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.

This year the HSSSP ran inclusive sports events. This gave pupils with disabilities or lack of confidence in sports, an opportunity to take part in competitive sport at their own level.

A Diwali dance day ran in October offering pupils an opportunity to experience a different dance style.

Replacement equipment was purchased to replace old and damaged equipment. Tchoukball equipment was purchased and a medium term plan put in place for use by Years 4 and 5 from September 2020.

Pupils' perceptions of their views on what they would like to see offered on the curriculum was not completed, but will be for part of the plan for 2020/21.

Key Indicator 5: Increased participation in competitive sport.

We had continued high participation levels of HSSSP inter-school events - 48% of Key Stage 2 pupils took part in Level 2 competitions, including girls and boys football; mixed rugby; sports hall athletics; cross country and a virtual dance competition. With the school reaching Level 3 competitions - county finals of girls football, sports hall athletics, basketball and hockey.  The basketball and hockey county finals were cancelled due to lockdown.  However, the Girls Football team lost in the county final 1-0, defeating many larger schools in the group stages. Two Year 6 girls ran in the Suffolk Cross Country Championships [competing against Year 7 pupils], with Evie finishing 19th.  The top 10 were to go on and represent Suffolk at the regional championships.

The fact that we took three teams to the hockey event at Harleston Hockey Club served to justify the cost of hiring Debenham High School's MUGA for after school practice.

This year HSSSP ran inclusive sports events, which gave pupils with disabilities or a lack of confidence in sports an opportunity to take part in competitive sport at their own level.

42% of pupils took part in an intra-sports competition, this would have been higher if Sports Day had taken place. 

The data for this return is an estimated return based on Year 4 data

Meeting National Curriculum requirements for

Swimming and Water Safety 2019/2020

What percentage of current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and  proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 80%
What percentage of current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively? 58%
What percentage of current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different   water-based situations? 58%
What percentage of current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different   water-based situations? No