The Government is investing in the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020 and has also committed to using revenue from the soft drinks industry levy5 to double annual funding for the premium from £160m to £320m from September 2017.
This funding will help improve and broaden PE and sport provision, increase participation and help to tackle childhood obesity.
The DfE is working with organisations with an interest to agree how this funding will be allocated and how to strengthen accountability arrangements and guidance for schools to ensure value for money.
The PE and Sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
PRUs do not receive the funding directly from DfE. The funding is given to the local authority and they determine how much is allocated.
Funding received for 2020/2021: £5000.
How has the money been used in 2020/21?
This academic year qualified coaches from 'Progressive Sports' were booked to deliver sports sessions with the pupils. Unfortunately, these sessions have been postponed until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Throughout the year we provide weekly swimming lessons to all pupils that attend PACE. This is always an excellent experience for the groups of children that take part; for many of them it is their first outing to a swimming pool to have lessons. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions these lessons have been curtailed.
We replenished existing equipment here at PACE. This was to update and offer more variety in all areas of physical education. The equipment was not only used during PE lessons but also each playtime to develop co-ordination, balance, fitness, racket and ball skills, and communication. The children practised these skills working together in pairs and groups.
How will the money be used in 2021/22?
We intend to provide swimming lessons for all of the children throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, we will audit existing equipment and staff PE teaching competency. We will use the PE budget to update our equipment and bring in external providers where required to ensure that we deliver the PE curriculum to a high standard.