P.E and Sports Premium for Primary Schools
What is PE and Sport Premium?
Following the success of the London 2012 Olympics the government agreed to fund primary schools to provide a lasting legacy from the games and develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system. Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement and can build a lifetime habit of participation in physical activity.
The government states that "The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week)."
If further explains that "The PE and sport premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The PE and sport premium survey highlighted the significant impact which PE and Sport has had in many primary schools across England."
To read more about how the government allocates funding and provisions for schools, click here.
How is the PE and Sport Premium used?
At Okehampton Primary School we allocate our Sport Premium to further enhance our PE curriculum and provide children with a wider variety of sporting and adventurous activities. To read in more depth about how the government advise and how we then use PE and Sport Premium, please visit the link here. It is hoped that the additional provision will support children’s academic progress, social skills and well-being. The links below detail how this funding has been spent and our action plans.