Primary PE and School Sports Funding


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What the PE and Sports Funding Grant is: 

Since 2013 the government has provided £150 million of funding for primary schools across the country to spend on Physical Education and sport (this is known as a sport premium) and is calculated according to the number of pupils in years 1-6.  The purpose of the funding is to support schools to develop and improve the sport being offered across the curriculum and to aid all pupils to cultivate healthy lifestyles.

How the grant is used: 

St Martin’s Garden Primary School is committed to ensuring that the primary PE and Sports Premium funding is allocated to high quality, sustainable initiatives in the following areas: 

  1. Continued CPD for all staff including the accessing support from sports and PE specialists in order to develop staff knowledge and skills of the subject
  2. Purchasing of resources to ensure all children are able to access the curriculum and to encourage PE activities throughout the school day (e.g. new playground equipment for KS1 and KS2, an outdoor table tennis table, durable football goals, netball posts etc)
  3. Providing release time for staff to accompany children on inter-school Tournaments in and out of school hours.
  4. To employ Mr Gunning, the Palladian Academy Trust Sports Co-ordinator to: support teachers in delivery of PE, help co-ordinate and prepare children for competitive sports (inter and intra) events, ensure inclusive sports sessions for vulnerable groups and talent ID programmes for G&T pupils, improve lunchtime play including the development of young leaders and develop further links within the B&NES Schools Sports Partnership and community based clubs).
  5. Contribution to the maintenance of the school swimming pool and the purchase of swimming teaching aids.
  6. Provision of free of charge After School Clubs for targeted vulnerable groups.
  7. Purchase of Maths of the Day scheme, an online resource that provides lesson plans on how to deliver the math's curriculum through physical activity.
  8. Investment in whole school workshops such as Rocktopus a cross-curricular PE, music and literacy experience to inspire children to be more active and the Jim Gump Project to drive daily physical activity.
  9. Funding of the Bikeability (cycling proficiency) scheme for Year 6s.

Impact of the grant:

  1.  As with all areas of the school, the impact of our spending is closely monitored. The sports funding at St Martin’s Garden Primary School has: 
  2. Ensured that the teachers have increased confidence teaching sports skills and PE
  3. Given the children the opportunity to participate in inter-school competitions
  4. Enabled us to develop and improve PE and Sports provision
  5. Helped us increase the amount of daily physical activity of all children within school hours.

Impact of funding on pupils’ participation and attainment

 The year on year continued up-skilling of teachers has had a positive impact on the quality of lessons being taught.  The professional coaches are well positioned to stretch the more able children and cater for those less able or with needs that prevent them from being able to achieve to the same extent as the rest of the class. With better understanding has come higher expectations and therefore higher achievement.

As is important with sport, we have gained in creating an atmosphere of safe competition and the collaboration with other close-by schools, which allows many children to experience this as part of the curriculum but also when representing the school.

The funding has helped to make PE and sport part of the fabric of our school, which in turn has encouraged more children to be involved in a wider variety of sports. Sporting activities are enjoyed by all children from the ages of 4 to 11, both within and outside of the curriculum requirements.


 Thanks to the on-going connections with other schools within B&NES and the Palladian Academy Trust, and the support of external providers, the teachers are continuing to learn and progress their knowledge of teaching sport and PE to a high level.


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