It is an exciting time in PE and School Sport.  The world is waking up to the wide impact that being physically active can have on children’s lives, as a result, the primary PE and School sport premium has increased significantly.

Funding levels

We mentioned in our last blog that the latest and largest amount of funding so far is landing in schools this month.  Schools with more than 16 pupils will get £16,000 plus £10 per additional pupil.  This means a typical primary school with a two-form intake will get in the region of £19,000.

When will it arrive?

Local authority schools will receive 7/12 of the funding allocation on 31st October 2017 and 5/12 on 30th April 2018. Academies will receive the same payment proportions on 1st November 2017 and 1st May 2018.  If your school falls outside of these types, you can find out more information on the DfE website.

What’s new?

Establishments should now publish how many pupils in year 6 are meeting the national curriculum requirement for swimming. Pupils should swim ‘competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters’.

AfPE, along with YST has developed a great resource to help your school record and report on all aspects of the premium; there is even an exemplar which we have helpfully linked to here!  All reports must be published on your school’s website by April 2018.

Below are some useful points to consider concerning the PE and School Sport premium.  AfPE are keen to dispel some common myths!

  1. The correct title of the funding is The Primary PE and Sport Premium.
  2. A school must publish on their website how they have spent or are planning to spend the money using the DfE commissioned website template.
  3. National Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety attainment must be evidenced.
  4.  Provision should be reviewed, looking at the curriculum first and then at extracurricular sport and activity.
  5. Impact of the investment on pupils must be clearly articulated.
  6. Schools should also consider how they might sustain any activity or initiative if the funding ceased.

If your school needs planning to support the delivery of the National Curriculum take a look at what we do at The PE Hub.   Our lesson plans and schemes of work offer support across a wide range of PE activities and include resources such as videos and assessment tools.

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The increase in the funding for PE has been widely reported.  However, do you know how you should be evidencing the impact of Primary PE and Sports Premium? More money ‘great’ I hear you say!  But you can be sure that this comes with added responsibility.  Keeping up with the most recent changes and what you are required to do as a school is not easy.

Just last week we had a call from a school worried about how they should be spending their money to get best impact and fulfil their obligations to pupils.  There are a range of national partners working together aiming to support schools with all aspects of the PE and sport premium funding, such as sports coach UK’s guidance on the employment and deployment of sports coaches.

Evidencing impact of the PE and School Sport Premium

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and The Youth Sport Trust were commissioned by the Department for Education to draw up a template which covers the 5 key indicators schools should use to demonstrate improvement.

This is a great tool as not only does it let you plan and evidence how you will spend the premium, but it acts as a review document to reflect on your current circumstances.

Download the website reporting tool here

Download the exemplification support document here

In our next blog will look in further detail at the guidance for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium; the first payment arrives in schools between 31st October and 1st November 2017. In the mean time, the website reporting tool is a great place to start to help get to grips with your new funding.


“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.”


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It’s widely acknowledged that childhood obesity is on the rise, not only nationally, but globally. Futhermore, experts identify that obese children are more likely to become obese adults.  And so it seems like this increases the risk of health problems throughout adult life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predict a generation at greater risk of diseases, such as diabetes.

How schools can help with childhood obesity

Schools are attempting to tackle this issue and the use of the pe and school sports premium funding.  The aim is to increase activity levels of children and ensure high quality PE and school sport is taught. No matter the efforts made by schools, there is a wider issue of high calorie inexpensive food because that has a detrimental impact on health and well being.

Unhealthy foods

Cheap, fatty, and sugary foods are the main driver of the growing obesity problem. We previously blogged about the ‘sugar tax’, a levy enforced on sugary drinks, but we consider this to be only the first step needed by government. Consequently, joined up thinking and collaboration can help to meet WHO’s calls for more to be done. An example includes the crack down on advertisement and marketing of unhealthy foods to our young people.

Ending Obesity

The WHO is publishing a plan to end childhood obesity. It aims to provide clear guidance on how to curb rising obesity levels (more information can be found here). We consider a key step alongside healthier eating is pursuing an active lifestyle.  School sport is, therefore, even more important than ever before.

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For the past month you’ve been able to access for free on The PE Hub as sample plans the following:

Today we are sharing Reception Gymnastics, Year 2 Attack, Defend, Shoot (invasion games), Year 4 Handball, Year 5 Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and an advanced swimming lesson plan.

Reception – Gymnastics

Although teaching ‘PE’ is not required in Reception, our focus at The PE hub is to get pupils prepared for the rigours of Key Stage 1 but in a relaxed, informal, and fun way.  Taking part in gymnastics is a great way for children to become confident in their own bodies, gain essential balance and coordination skills and generally learn through play activities.

Year 2 Attack, Defend, Shoot

What is attack, defend, shoot I hear you ask?  It’s our unit description for invasion games.  We focus on the fundamental skills needed to competently play invasion games including working in partners, small teams and as an individual.  We’ve made lesson 3 available which covers working as a team to keep possession of a ball and sending a ball accurately.

Year 4 Handball

If you’ve never played Handball before don’t let that put you off having a go at teaching it!  Our lesson plans guide you through the rules, positions, skills and drills you will need to introduce pupils to this exciting game.  We’ve shared lesson 3 which investigates the role of the ‘circle runner’ and their pivotal role in the game.

Year 5 Outdoor and adventurous activities (OAA)

Let’s be honest teaching outdoor education can be a bit of a faff!  Who has time to create all the resources needed to teach this activity to an outstanding level?  Well we do!  Whether its score cards, control points, pictures, or map icons, it’s all there ready for you, simply print and laminate and you’re set!  Check out our Year 5 lesson 2 which focuses on following routes and recording accurate information.  OAA doesn’t mean children are not raising their heart rates, all our outdoor education lesson gets the blood pumping; working both mind and body!

Advanced Swimming

Our swimming lesson plans are not linked to any particular year group as children’s experiences of swimming vary so widely.  We have 3 units available, beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Today we’re sharing an advanced lesson plan to show you the high expectations needed of more experienced swimmers to ensure they too make good progress.  It is really rewarding to take a pupil who cannot swim and get them confidently swimming widths and lengths, however, it is also vital that we challenge more capable swimmers.  Lesson 9 looks at focusing on areas of the stroke to improve and working with a partner to develop keen observation skills.

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