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.
Quote taken from the gov.uk site.
The Sport Premium is an allocation of additional funding given to schools to support the development of Physical Education, School Sport and Competition. This money is ring-fenced and is due to be provided until 2023.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered. Schools are able to use the funding to:
- Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- The 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
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used, as well as the impact this is having on pupils. Since we have received this funding we believe it has had a significant impact on our performance as a school and our performance in sporting competitions has been a fine example of this over the past 12 years.
Read about what we do with this funding at ACE.