We are experts in the supply, installation, maintenance, servicing and inspection of sports, play and fitness equipment for schools and colleges throughout the UK.
As such, we are delighted to support the government’s recent initiative to set a new standard for school sports that will see girls and boys offered the same sports. This is an exciting development and an excellent incentive for schools to take a fresh look at how they use their Primary PE and Sport Premium for the benefit of all pupils. This new approach levels the playing field for boys and girls – every sporting opportunity available for everybody – and should help to inspire a new generation of sporting adventure and achievement.
At Sportsafe, supporting the next generation is at the core of everything we do. We are here to advise and help your school to do just that. Schools that successfully deliver equal opportunities for girls and boys will be rewarded through the School Games Mark, which will assess parity of provision in PE and extracurricular sport.
What is the Primary PE and Sport Premium?
Originally announced in March 2013, the Primary PE and Sport Premium recognises that schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.
The recent announcement provides confirmation of over £600 million in funding over the next two academic years for the PE and Sport Premium and £22 million for the School Games Organisers (SGO) network.
The funding is a ring-fenced grant for English primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity. Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers.
The government announcement – supporting Education Secretary Gillian Keegan’s belief that every child – girl or boy – should have access to high quality sport and activities. Not only are these opportunities great for both physical and mental health – but also for all those other skills young people will need throughout their life like teamwork and communication – advocates
- equal access to sports in school – setting out that offering girls and boys the same sports, where it is wanted is the new standard.
- delivering a minimum 2 hours of curriculum PE –with more support being offered through a refreshed School Sport Action Plan.
- expansion of the Schools Games Mark – to reward parity of provision for girls – this kitemark scheme, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, recognises schools that create positive sporting experiences across all sports for young people, supporting them to be active for 60 minutes a day.
- over £600 million across the next two years for the PE and Sport Premium – a funding commitment to improve the quality of PE and sports in primary schools to help children benefit from regular activity.
- a new digital tool for PE and Sport Premium – to support schools in using the funding to the best advantage of their pupils.
- £22 million for two years of further funding for the School Games Organiser network (SGO) – Annually the 450 strong SGO workforce supports 2.2m participation opportunities for children including 28,000 competitive school sport events.
- up to £57 million funding for the opening school facilities programme – to open up more school sport facilities outside of school hours especially targeted at girls, disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs.
More detailed information about the whole financial package and guidance for optimum use can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/school-sports-given-huge-boost-to-level-the-playing-field-for-next-generation-of-lionesses.
How can the Primary PE & Sport premium be used?
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity they provide.
Schools should use the Premium to:
- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
- Develop or add to the PE, sport and physical activity that your school provides
The PE and Sport premium’s purpose is to secure improvements in the following five key indicators:
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
- Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils.
- Increased participation in competitive sport.
Examples of how these may be achieved include:
- Providing staff with professional development, mentoring, appropriate training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils and embed physical activity across your school.
- Embedding physical activity into the school day through encouraging active travel to and from school, active break times and holding active lessons and teaching.
- Providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children.
- Raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of Key Stage 2 – every child should leave primary school able to swim.
What you should not use your Sport Premium funding for:
Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover PPA arrangements (this should come out of your core staffing budgets).
Teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum (or, for academies, to teach your existing PE curriculum). The exception is for top-up swimming lessons after pupils complete core lessons.
Funding capital expenditure. NB However if you enter into an Operational Lease as part of a Spread Payment scheme then you will be eligible.
How can Sportsafe help with my Sport Premium funding?
We have an extensive range of indoor and outdoor installation systems and products – from bibs and balls through climbing frames and sports halls to Daily Mile tracks and playground markings. We are here to advise you on every aspect of your equipment and installation so that you can make the most cost-efficient and activity-effective Sport Premium choices for your school.
Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has announced that “We want schools to build on this legacy and give every girl the opportunity to do the same sports as boys, as well as provide a minimum of two hours of PE (per week). This means every child can benefit from regular exercise and we are proud to provide them with the support needed to do so” – and the Sportsafe team has over 25 years’ experience and expertise in the sports industry to help you to achieve this ambition for your pupils.
Give us a call now on 0333 300 0032
How much funding is your school entitled to?
*estimation of your allocated funding*