PE and Sport Premium
Physical Education and sports have a very high profile at our school. Mrs Campbell is our dedicated PE lead. She is an expert in her field and recognised as so by the local authority. She is currently Chair and Treasurer of the Blackburn Primary School Sports Association and plays a leading role in organising sports events and competitions within the borough.
Mrs Campbell has responsibility for overseeing the use of the PE and Sport Premium funding at Roe Lee Park School.
In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sport Premium.
This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
- In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
- On 6th February 2014 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.
- On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.
How to use the PE and Sport Premium
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.
This means that you should use the premium 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
For example, you can use your funding to:
- provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
- introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
- support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
- enter or run more sport competitions
- partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
- provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
- embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
Swimming at Roe Lee Park Primary School takes place at HALFFishHQ@Daisyfield in Blackburn. The Year 5 children attend on Thursday morning. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and are led by qualified swimming instructors who are also lifeguard trained. At least 2 members of staff from school attend to supervise the pupils and support the instructors.
In the 2019 – 2020 academic year 35 (74%) pupils were able to swim confidently over a distance of 25 metres and 45 (96%) achieved their water safety knowing how to stay safe in and around water.
Due to Covid-19 our Summer term of extra swimming lessons to target those year 6 children who had not reached their target could not take place. This may continue to have a knock on effect into the next school year 2020 – 2021 depending on when the swimming pools are allowed to open and the number of children who can participate.