Primary PE & Sport Premium to Stay Doubled in 2019
It's almost time to say goodbye to 2018. And boy, has it been eventful! From Thai cave rescues to royal weddings, World Cup glory and the Fortnite floss, we've seen some incredible (and often strange) moments. Fortunately, primary schools can look forward to a helping hand in 2019.
The government will continue to allocate PE and Sport Premium in 2019. Funding remains at the current rate, which is double the amount paid to schools in 2016. Although, we're cautioning schools to expect increased spending scrutiny in the new year.
Due to recent controversies over misue of funding, the Department for Education has promised more monitoring to ensure compliance with spending rules. Read our blog for advice on evidencing your spend the right way.
Is PE and Sport Premium Changing in 2019?
In 2018/19, most schools (dependent on size) are eligible for £16,000, with an additional payment of £10 per registered pupil. The first (and biggest) sum was paid in Oct/Nov 2018. The second payment will arrive in April/May of 2019. Schools are not required to do anything different at this time.
But don’t forget PE and Sport Premium comes with requirements. Schools must keep a record of purchases and ensure the money is used to improve PE and sports resources. It’s an important process and, each year, Amaven helps schools tick the boxes quickly and efficiently.
Click for top tips on evidencing and maximising impact.
How Should Your School Spend the Money?
According to Gov.uk, the premium is designed to increase, support and facilitate physical activity. Investments must build upon existing sports and PE provisions. They should not fill gaps in teaching and schools cannot use the money to deliver curriculm basics.
Keep this in mind when writing your spending report in April 2019. Government regulators are tasked with making sure funds get spent appropriately. Youth Sport Trust offers information and advice on PE & Sport Premium. Click here to visit the website.
Consider 5 key objectives when spending the cash:
1. Ensure All Pupils Are Active in School
2. Promote & Celebrate Physical Activity
3. Offer Upskilling to PE & Sports Staff
4. Provide Varied Sports Opportunities
5. Increase Participation in Competitive Sport
How to Evidence Spending with Amaven
With the Amaven Healthy Schools Programme, it's easy to monitor and improve schoolwide fitness and motor skills development. Our child development platform provides a diverse range of measuring, recording and evidencing tools. Every term, the goal is to ensure your pupils grow stronger and fitter than the last.
Performance data is turned into Impact Reports. All reports are Sport Premium compatible and can be used to highlight links between spending and pupil attainment. Compare termly Impact Reports to identify which investments correlate with improvements to PE and sports performance, participation and accessibility.
The Healthy Schools Programme begins with our in-school Wellness Kickstart Day. Expert coaches observe pupils as they play jumping, catching and throwing games. The results create a baseline that, when compared with subsequent Impact Reports, demonstrates the rate of pupil progression.
Click here to book a FREE Wellness Kickstart Day for your school.