Primary PE & Sport Premium – Evidence and Maximise Impact!
Once upon a time, the term PE conjured up images of worn plimsols, cold showers, and battle ready teachers. It was less about physical fitness than giving kids a chance to expend energy anywhere but the classroom. Thankfully, times have changed.
Today, physical activity is a big priority for all schools and a lot of money gets invested in equipment, staff, training, and other resources. PE and Sport Premium Funding, for example, was recently doubled to £320 million. The government now gives primary schools £16,000 to spend on developing physical opportunities.
In return, they must document the impact of this spending and publish the results on their website. And that time of year is almost here. So, we're going to talk about clever ways to showcase PE progress at your school.
The deadline for submission is April 4th, so there's still plenty of time to get it right.
Count the Activities
An easy way to record progress is to count the sports and PE activities offered at your school. When totalled several times a year, this is an easy way to tell if you're moving forward. You could commit to increasing the number by two, three or more and list the new activities in your PE and Sport Premium report.
Top Tip: Try to include independent activities such as tai chi, running, and boxing. They give introverts a chance to excel, even among bigger personalities.
Act on Assessment Results
There are hundreds of assessment systems that can tell you if kids are meeting physical activity targets. Amaven, for example, uses simple scores like Expected, Exceeding, and Below Average to make it clear how each pupil is progressing.
Top Tip: Meet challenges head on. It's not enough to identify weaknesses and pass them on to next year's teacher. If you're responsible for them now, it's your job to kickstart improvements and monitor results.
Make It Scannable
The benefit of using a database system like Amaven is its translatability. Schools can input large amounts of information (test scores, averages, national targets, etc.) and turn it into clear cut facts. This is what OFSTED inspectors want to see in your Sport Premium report; the critical observations.
Top Tip: Use data to validate facts, but focus on outcomes. Is the year group passing or excelling at football? Did the dance club lead to more interest in physical activity? Is PE participation increasing or decreasing? Make your report easy to interpret.
Don't Fear the 'Test'
Testing is a controversial subject. However, there's no rule against reframing assessment. The Amaven Challenge Day, for instance, is a review of physical fitness in the form of a fun sports event. It is relaxed, informal, and designed to generate data without pressuring pupils.
Top Tip: Get rid of the word 'test' if you prefer. Conduct a review and call it a 'fun day,' a 'sports fair' or whatever excites you. Results can be for insight purposes only. Not all tests are high pressure affairs.
Use the Student Voice
PE and Sport Premium is about more than physical literacy. The end goal is to help children live happier, healthier lives. If they don't enjoy the sports offered at school, PE spending cannot be considered successful.
Top Tip: Ask pupils what they love, hate, and would change about PE. If you get inspiring or illuminating feedback, consider adding it to the April report.
OFSTED inspectors are looking for evidence of sustainable spending. This means purchases with a long term impact. Buying new PE equipment is pointless if teachers don't know how to use it effectively. Hiring fitness coaches is short sighted if they're not helping teachers expand their own skills.
Top Tip: Successful PE spending means improvements that won't disappear without further funding.
Don't forget the deadline for spending reports is April 4th, 2018. Government inspectors pick a selection of schools for audit, so make sure your website is up to date.
If you need advice on collecting pupil data or creating reports, get in touch at 0161 300 9172. The Amaven Challenge Day is a great way to review physical literacy. And the best thing is, your first event is free!