In March 2013, the government announced that it was to provide funding of £150 million per annum, until 2015, to improve provision of physical education (P.E.) and sport in primary schools in England, known as the Primary PE & Sport Premium. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated directly to primary schools and the money is to be used to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport.
In 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron, committed to continue the funding for the Primary P.E. & Sport Premium until 2020.
P.E. and school sport is a very important part of life at St. Nicholas Priory C.E.V.A. Primary School. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and, through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, responsibility, collaboration, aspiration & achievement for themselves and others.
Our goal is that all pupils, on leaving St Nicholas Priory, will be physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
When planning new initiatives, we aim for the changes that are being made to be sustainable so that they will be ongoing once the funding ceases in 2020.
We are aiming to use the current phase of sports premium funding, for the year 2017-2018, to promote the development of P.E. and sport in our school in the following ways:-
- Qualified sports coaches to work with our children, allowing them to experience a broad range of games, and encourage them to engage with physical activity
- Access to a variety of sports, for example boxing, trampolining and kite- flying, both during and after school
- Purchase quality professional training to improve teaching skills
- Provide sports clothing to enable all children to access P.E. lessons
- Access to off-site sporting events, such as competitions, through the use of minibuses
- Use off-site sports facilities to challenge the most-able children
- Provide quality sporting equipment to engage children with physical activity throughout lessons
- Improve the external areas of the school, for example playground markings, to encourage children to participate in games during their free time
- Incorporate P.E. and sport throughout the curriculum