Primary Sports Funding has been allocated to primary schools since 2013, as part of a Government initiative to improve the quality of sport and PE in schools and to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.
In 2014, BCPFE schools decided to pool a proportion of their Sports Funding and to jointly appoint a Specialist PE teacher. This role works in partnership with PE leads in all BCPFE schools, to meet the following priorities:
In October 2017, the DfE confirmed that it is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision. The 5 key indicators remain the same (see above), with an additional emphasis on swimming following a recent report by Swim England showing that 48 per cent of primary school children are unable to swim the national curriculum requirement of at least 25 metres unaided, and less than half of schools work towards all three national curriculum outcomes for swimming and water safety.
Through BCPFE’s PE & School Sports Service, teachers are offered blocks of support through a team-teaching approach, predominantly with a focus on gymnastics or dance. The PE Specialist also delivers whole-school INSET training, based on needs identified by individual schools.
Tailored support and training is also offered to our nurseries around the development of gross and fine motor skills in younger children.
BCPFE school PE leads work together through a peer network group to share best practice, resources and ideas as well as to support each other in developing and embedding a whole-school approach to healthy and active lifestyles.
PE spending is also looked at across all schools to identify most effective use of the PE Premium funding.
BCPFE’s PE service has helped to increase the number of city-wide and in-house school competitions entered by each of our schools. The range of clubs on offer in schools has also developed, with the service matching high quality providers to schools.
Individual school data is collected termly and collated on a partnership level annually. This data helps to evidence increase in clubs and competitions, an increased focus on encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, and increased child participation.
Sports and PE Activity organised through BCPFE for children at our member schools
The Sports and PE activity organised by BCPFE gives more opportunity for children at our schools to take part and compete.