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Sport's Premium Funding

The government provides additional funding to schools to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school Head Teachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

How to use the PE and Sport Premium

Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.

For example, the funding can be used to:

  • Hire specialist PE teachers
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • Provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
  • Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs
  • Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Run sports activities with other schools

PE and Sport at St Mary's

At St Mary's Catholic Primary School our vision for sport and PE is to:

  • Increase participation in sport
  • To improve and develop teacher skills
  • To ensure that all children reach their sporting potential
  • To improve the quality of PE provision
  • To promote a healthy lifestyle, impacting on progress and attainment
  • To be inclusive

Areas to Develop in 2023/2024

To continue to support and extend use of our PE coach in his delivery of whole school PE coverage ensuring differentiation and consistency in line with our whole school focus.  

  • Continue to offer variety of alternative sporting opportunities, including para-sport to support whole school vision of inclusivity.
  • Extend competitive sport fixtures to all age groups rather than primarily year 6.
  • Identify focus areas for further teacher professional development and embed conistently high teaching strategies across the school.
  • Develop the role of playground leaders amongst the older children in partnership with MDSAs to increase physical activity on a daily basis..
  • Encourage healthier packed lunches as part of a drive to improve overall lifestyle choices.
  • Identify non-swimmers earlier in their school life and provide top up swimming lessons to ensure they meet national curriculum standards.
  • To continue to build on links with local sporting organisations to enable visits and school workshops.
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