When it comes to what the PE & Sports Premium can be spent on, the clue is in the name. The funding must be used to “make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE and sports you offer.”
This roughly translates as using the premium to develop, or add to the existing PE activities and sports your school offers pupils. Whilst also ensuring the development will also be relevant for future pupils.
Whilst you can decide what you want to spend the money on there are 5 key indicators that you should expect to see improve. These are:
Pupil’s engagement in regular activity of PE and sport should be raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of staff teaching PE and sport
Increased participation in competitive sport
The broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
We are sure you will have plenty of thoughts on how to spend the money, but popular ways include:
Daily Mile Tracks – a great way to boost regular activity in children, plus these tracks are all weather and have a long life span once installed. You can read more about the Daily Mile here. Depending on the track’s width, these can also easily be inclusive for children that use wheelchairs or need additional support.
Invest In Teachers – Providing staff with extra help to teach sports and PE more effectively.
Multi-Use Game Areas (or MUGAs) – You may have seen these in your local area, as they gained popularity during the Primary Spaces initiative. MUGAs can help broaden the range of activities you offer, as multiple sports can be played in one area – though only one at a time of course! Choose a wet pour surface for a long life and clear colourful markings. Learn about wet pour, and the guarantees on offer here.
Enter more competitions – a great way to increase participation in competitive sport and it can help teach children dedication and resilience.
Encourage Activity – Embed activity in your school’s culture by encouraging active play, and active travel to and from school.
You must not use the money to employ coaches or specialist teachers to help with planning preparation and assessment arrangements. The money must also not be used just to teach the minimal (including swimming) on your PE curriculum. The PE & Sports Premium should not fund what is already on offer, but instead be used to improve it.
For advice on MUGAs, Daily Mile Tracks or non-slip playground surfacing, get in touch today. Our teams are always on hand to help answer any questions you may have.