Over the last five years, the government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve the provision of Physical Education (PE) and Sport in primary schools. During 2020/21, the funding has been doubled nationally, which means as a school, St. Paulinus is receiving £19,990 for this academic year. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools. As a school, we must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that we offer. We should use the funding to:
- Develop or add to the PE and sports activities that the school already offers.
- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
There are five key indicators which 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 – 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.
At St Paulinus Catholic Primary School, we have researched and identified several areas which we aim to improve and enhance, using PE and Sports Premium funding, participation rates and achievement for all pupils in PE, sport and physical activity. We have developed an action plan to ensure this funding is invested to maximise the long-term impact of our PE, sport and physical activity provision for pupils and staff.