The above video clip shows Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust, talking through the Primary School Sport Premium funding. It dates back to 2017 but is still very relevant.
** NEW UPDATE **
Use of the PE and sport premium to support online delivery and other uses
The existing guidelines regarding the use of the PE and sport premium continue to apply. These guidelines already permit a significant amount of flexibility in how the PE and sport premium can be used. The restrictions on using the PE and sport premium remain current.
Carried forward unspent PE and sport premium grant funding from the 2019 to 2020 academic year
As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department for Education took steps to relax the ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium in the 2019 to 2020 academic year to allow any unspent grant to be carried forward into the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Any under-spends carried forward from the 2019 to 2020 academic year will need to be spent in full by the end of the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Schools should factor this into spending plans for their 2020 to 2021 PE and sport premium allocation. The 2020 to 2021 conditions of grant documents have been updated to reflect this.
For full report click here
Here’s what DfE say :
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. 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.
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).
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.
Using your PSSP funding
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that schools 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
- providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children
- encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes
- establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sport clubs and activities and holiday clubs, or broadening the variety offered
- adopting an active mile initiative
- raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage Every child should leave primary school able to swim
2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- actively encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support the delivery of sport and physical activity within the school (such as ‘sport leader’ or peer-mentoring schemes)
- embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching.
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, for example by:
- providing staff with professional development, mentoring, appropriate training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils, and embed physical activity across your school
- hiring qualified sports coaches and PE specialists to work alongside teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities offered to pupils
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- introducing a new range of sports and physical activities (such as dance, yoga or fitness sessions) to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
- partnering with other schools to run sports and physical activities and clubs
- providing more and broadening the variety of extra-curricular activities after school in the 3 to 6pm window, delivered by the school or other local sports organisations
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
- increasing and actively encouraging pupils’ participation in the School Games
- organising, coordinating or entering more sport competitions or tournaments within the school or across the local area, including those run by sporting organisations
DfE Guidance (21 October 2020)
The updated guidance includes:
- Change in reporting date (schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2021)
- Clarification on role of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to support school swimming
- Importance of ensuring the funding is utilised in a sustainable manner (review/plan/implement)
- Funding allocation and payment dates
What your funding should not be used for
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 – apart from 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 – DfE does not set the capitalisation policy for each school – school business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school’s agreed capitalisation policy
Evidencing the Impact – Accountability
Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
Schools should publish:-
- the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received
- a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
- what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
- how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
- Schools should also consider how their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle
- swimming data
The Department for Education has stipulated that schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2021.
Accountability – Ofsted inspections
Ofsted will assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They will measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Further guidance around what inspectors look for can be found in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2019.
All maintained schools including schools that have converted to academies must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2021 at the latest. The new guidance & template to support schools in evidencing the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is available as a Word document & a PDF.
Click here to download the new 2020-21 updated PDF copy of the template.
Click here to download the new 2020-21 updated Word copy of the template.
The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly updated, to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.
Frequently Asked Questions – Support Document for Schools
Here is a great free resource from the Association for PE, please click HERE.