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.
To support schools in meeting this ambition, the Government provides primary schools with £320 million of funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, physical activity and sport. Funding is provided directly to schools so that it can be used to best support the needs of the pupils and should be targeted to address the following 5 key indicators:
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
- Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Funding is calculated on the number of pupils in year 1 to 6. For the academic year 2020-21, we will receive £16,000 plus an additional payment of £10 per pupil. This means that our total funding for this year is £19,239
PE and Sport Premium Plan 2020-21