PE & Sports Premium
PE & Sport Premium at Bridgewater School
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
Primary schools receive funding each year to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport that they offer. Each year at Bridgewater, we carefully consider the most effective use of our Sports Premium and we create an action plan which outlines the spending for the academic year.
The impact of the use of the grant is reviewed at the end each year as part of our school self-evaluation. We will consider how well we use our Sport Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
To measure the impact, we look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE.
To find out more about the PE & Sport Premium for Primary Schools visit the Department for Education here