Primary School Sport Premium

Primary PE and Sport Premium (Updated 26th July 2023)

As part of a wider government school sport announcement it was confirmed that Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue for the next two academic years 2023 -24 and 24 - 25. The funding is ring-fenced funding for English primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, Sport and Physical Activity. Schools cannot roll funding over into the next academic year. A new digital reporting tool is due in to be ready for schools in May / June 2024 to show how the premium has been utilised and the impact it's had.

Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers. The average one form entry primary school will receive roughly £18,000 per year.

Further details will appear here in due course.

Primary PE and Sport Premium 2022/23

DfE Guidance July 2023

Top Tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium

Swimming Support

Requirements for schools

In October 2018, the Department of Education confirmed changes to how the PPSP should be spent. While the allocation formula remained unchanged, there were some significant changes to the guidance, summarised below:

  • There is a new reporting template which you can access here. Updated July 2023
  • The five Key Performance Indicators are unchanged however there is an increased emphasis on all pupils being active every day and further details for schools intending on doing a daily active mile
  • Additional clarification on swimming reporting requirements and how the funding can be spent to support this
  • PPSP cannot be used to fund capital expenditure

Primary PE & Sport Premium Advice

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • 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

You should not use your funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils' completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
  • fund capital expenditure

For further information including School level breakdown of funding and revised criteria on how the funding can be allocated visit the government website here

To take account of the funding criteria changes, an updated website reporting tool for schools has been produced. Find out more here

Healthy Schools Rating scheme

What is the role of Get Berkshire Active ?

As the Active Partnership for Berkshire, Get Berkshire Active have been commissioned by Sport England to strengthen the links between primary schools and those organisations working in sport both locally and nationally, including the Youth Sport Trust (YST), the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and School Sport Partnerships. We are doing this through a range of methods including facilitating meetings with physical activity providers and schools and in the past we have co – ordinated countywide physical activity conferences for primary schools.

School Sport Partnerships (SSP's)

Berkshire has a number of School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) which Get Berkshire Active works closely with to ensure that schools are best supported in terms of sport and physical activity.

School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) are delivered by a Partnership Development Managers who co-ordinate groups of secondary, primary and special schools across a local area with the objective of increasing the quality and quantity of physical activity, PE and sports opportunities for young people. SSPs are funded independently and provide the School Games Organiser function, a role supported by the YST. The support offered by SSP's varies from one area to another but usually includes a selection of the following:

· Creating opportunities and encouraging all young people to access a variety of activities and take part in PE, sport and physical activity.

· Using PE and sport to improve and raise standards in all areas of the curriculum, including against Ofsted criteria.

· Developing high quality and appropriate competition structures in line with the National Competition Framework.

· Providing training opportunities for teachers and adults supporting learning.

· Providing opportunities for young people to engage in sports leadership and volunteering in sport

· Working with coaches to support the delivery of out of school hours clubs

Most of Berkshire's SSPs are managed by a Partnership Development Manager (PDM) who also provides the role of School Games Organiser. Please see below for your local area's PDM:

Ascot and Maidenhead – Emma Fitzgerald

Bracknell Forest – Matthew Gamble

Reading –Claire Mcnicholas, Pere Ockri, Cori Burgess

Slough – Laura Brookstein

West Berkshire (West) – James Mandry

West Berkshire (East) – Maxine Cooke

Windsor – Chantal Roe-Gammon

Wokingham - Gwenda Lappin

Case studies of good practice

For more information

For further information on the Primary School Sports Funding, please contact James Craggs.

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