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17.06.21
Education
Sports

School Sports Premium Renewed

We are delighted to receive confirmation that the PE and School Sport Premium Fund is to continue for 2021/2022. Not only will every school receive the same level of funding as they have done in 2020/2021, but any of the current fund that has not been spent CAN ROLL OVER INTO NEXT YEAR.

This will ensure that all children will continue to benefit from high quality and outstanding Physical Education and School Sport opportunities next year, whilst allowing schools to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic!

Schools will also be able to carry over funds from this year, to help prioritise the long-term physical recovery of all children who may have seen their levels of activity disrupted, due to the restrictions placed on the UK due to Covid-19.

 

How to use the PE and School Sports Premium

The main use of the PE and School Sports Premium remains the same as it has since 2013, however comments from the Schools Minister and AfPE all relate to Sport and Physical Activity being a priority and central to the long-term recovery from Covid-19 and the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has stated during today’s announcement that:

“Children’s physical health has never been more important, and I am proud that this investment will build on our actions across government to support this activity”

Further comments from Tom Hollingsworth (CEO of Sport England) have also, linked this fund to Health and Wellbeing, he stated that:

"After a year of significant disruption to children’s activity levels and schooling, a high-quality PE and sport offer, boosting their health and wellbeing, has never been more important.”

We can assume that there will be greater scrutiny will be placed on the impact of this spend in the future to ensure that we are not only upskilling our children but having a really positive impact on their health, mental health and wellbeing.

The funding should be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity. Schools should use the funding to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • 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

 

REMEMBER FUNDING SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR:

  • PPA Arrangements
  • To Teach the minimum requirements of curriculum PE (it must broaden your existing offer)
  • To fund capital expenditure

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Schools are expected to spend the grant for the purpose it was provided only – to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered.

Schools will also be required produce an online report for their school website by the 31st July outlining how the Fund has been used. (Please note, that despite the Coronavirus disruption, you must still produce a report for this year). Each report should include.

Exact amount of premium received

  • A full breakdown on how it has been spent
  • The impact the school has witnessed on the pupils PESSPA in regard to participation and attainment
  • How to ensure these improvements are sustainable

 

THERE IS ALSO A REQUIREMENT TO PUBLISH THE PERCENTAGE OF YEAR 6 PUPILS WHO:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters
  • Use a range of strokes effectively
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

The reporting process may seem challenging, but it is very important that we provide the children with the greatest opportunity to succeed and lead a healthy, happy, life. Our healthy schools programme also includes an easy-to-use reporting feature, to make school accountability a simple and straight forward task!

 

HOW MUCH WILL THE SCHOOL RECIEVE?

  • For most schools, it is easy to work out how much you will receive to have an impact on your children.
  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
  • Remember – any funding that you have not spent this year, will roll on to next year too!

 

NEED FURTHER HELP?

Over the past few years, many of our partner schools have been through the Ofsted experience, and have outlined during inspection that they use our Healthy Schools Programme to support with the 5 key indicators mentioned above in the following ways.

  1. We provide all schools with PE Lesson Planning, Dance Sessions, Yoga, Movement of the Day and Assessment Activities - we even have home activities for EVERY CHILD
  2. Our Challenge Days (that can be run by teachers internally) incentivise the children to take ownership of their own improvements, whilst encouraging a lifelong love of sport
  3. Through Ongoing Support and Online CPD we can support the development of your teaching team in a sustainable, cost effective manner
  4. Our fully inclusive lesson planning makes it easier for teachers to deliver activities to broaden the offer to children
  5. All our lesson plans include meaningful competition, but by tracking the impact and participation of children online, it is easy to pick school teams, and spot opportunities!

We even support schools with an inclusive library of Health and Wellbeing Resources that are designed to meet the criteria highlighted in the PSHE Associations Programme of study.

If you would like to know more about how we can help improve Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity for your school, or you just need some expert advice, please contact +44 (0) 161 300 9172 or email us at info@amaven.co.uk.

 

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