How should the funding be used?
The PE and sport premium must be spent by schools on ‘making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport’ for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
This means that the funding should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that schools already offer and/or make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. With this in mind, schools can choose how they use the funding.
For example, funding can be used to:
• hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers
• provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more confidently and effectively
• introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take part
• support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
• run sport competitions
• increase pupils’ participation in the school games
• run sports activities in partnership with other schools
Funding cannot be used:
• to employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA)
• for teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study, including those specified for swimming.
Swimming at The Deans
Here at The Deans we realise just how important it is for children to be able to swim efficiently and be able to rescue themselves from water. We teach all children to swim in Year Four for an hour per week for half a year. Those children who still struggle to swim 25m are able to complete a further set of lessons in Year 5. We recognised that over the last two years due to the pandemic our current Year 6 children missed out on their swimming lessons, so for this year only we have provided them with additional lessons to enable them to develop this important life skill.
Currently 75% of our Year 6 children are able to swim 25m proficiently.