Everyone 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.
How to use it:
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport and physical activity that they offer. This means the premium should be used to:
All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
To achieve and secure self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, for example by:
Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement, for example by:
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, for example by:
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils, for example by:
Increased participation in competitive sport, for example by:
For further information relating to Primary PE and Sport Premium please contact:
Young People and Workforce Manager