PE and Sport Premium Funding
About the PE and sport premium
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.
Below, you can find out how we are allocating our PE and Sport premium funding for 2020 – 21.
At Eccleston Primary School, we are committed to driving the profile for PE forward, ensuring that children have a positive attitude towards physical activity and enjoy participating in high quality PE.
We recognise the contribution that PE makes to the health and well-being of all our pupils. We value the importance of reaching children early and instilling in them this same understanding of physical activity.
We strive to ensure that every child participates in physical activity for at least two hours a week – including competitive and non-competitive activities over the year.
We are constantly looking at ways of embedding an enthusiasm, appreciation and love of sports plus physical activities in all of our children at Eccleston Primary school, as well as looking for opportunities to broaden the types of activities offered to them.
Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.
We have employed Mr Walker as a Teaching Assistant; he will be teaching specialist PE lessons linked to our chosen specialist sport – Tennis. He will also be offering after school sessions.
Other members of staff have also committed to offer after school clubs for PE in a variety of sports including Football, Netball, Cross Country, Hockey and Rounders so far. We will be also be asking for other volunteers/opportunities from parents with particular skills and interests in other sports.
School Games Mark
The school has been awarded its Silver Mark for its participation in events and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, for the previous school year.