The Government has dedicated over £450 million upon improving the quality of physical education and sport within all UK primary schools since 2013. The funding is also allotted to address the improvement of children’s healthy lifestyles with provision also made towards promoting other aspects of learning that impact upon health and well-being.
The funding is ring fenced and can only be spent upon initiatives that benefit the improvement of active healthy lifestyles. Schools can choose what they want to spend their grant upon but are accountable for ensuring that the Premium is spent appropriately. Both Department of Education and Ofsted have issued the mandatory requirement that schools must publish evidence online of their annual spend and impact.
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across and these form the foundations of our provision.
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- 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