Over the weekend, the Government announced how schools should be spending their Sports Premium Funding. The Sports Premium Funding was doubled for each school for this academic year - from about £9,000 per school to £18,000 per school.
There are some strict guidelines to follow, making sure that schools spend their money wisely.
At Future Stars we have carefully tailored our projects over the last year to make sure that we are always well within the boundaries of the spending criteria. This makes sure that our schools can enjoy complete peace of mind, knowing that any audit and investigation will be passed with flying colours.
Happy government = happy schools = happy children = happy parents. Everyone wins!
Here are the official details from the Gov website:
How to use the PE and sport premium
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.
This means that you should use the premium to:
develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
increased participation in competitive sport
For example, you can use your funding to:
provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
enter or run more sport competitions
partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
You should not use your funding to:
employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)