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Sport's Premium Funding

PE and Sport 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

How we used the PE and Sport's Premium at St Mary's in 2016/2017

The PE and Sport Premium for St Mary’s School in 2016/17 was £9525. This was used to support the following areas although the total cost was more than the funding.

1. We employed a PE coach for this year who worked at St Mary’s for 2 days a week.  Mrs Stephens provided high quality coaching across the school to build on the support provided by the Swindon Sport's Partnership over the last two years.  She provided support in curriculum time and through this work she provided professional development for staff on an individual needs basis.  She supported the new PE subject leader in the development of the curriculum. She provided clubs at lunch times and after school and targeted specific groups of children.  The specific objectives for the coach are to:

  • Provide high quality sport’s opportunities for all the children
  • Provide targeted support for specific groups of children
    • gifted and talented children
    • play leaders
    • children reluctant to take part in PE (through after school clubs)
  • Increase participation and interest in sport and skill levels at local competitions
  • Help us to win!

2. We joined the 'Essentials Package' from Swindon Schools Sports Partnership so that groups were able to participate in a variety of festivals across the year.  This also ensured access to the Annual Swindon Games.

3. We also continued to provide free football coaching by qualified coaches for Years 5 and 6 boys and all girls in Key Stage 2. 

4. We provided subsidised sport’s clubs for Key Stage 1 children to raise participation and enthusiasm in sport.

5. Resources and equipment - In order to make sustainable changes money was allocated to spend on equipment and resources as necessary.

6. Ice Skating for Year 2 - 10 weeks of training provided by the Swindon Wildcats.  The children had 10 x 1 hour sessions.

Review of 2016 / 2017

Expenditure on Sport 2016/2017


Area of Spend



Employ sports coach for 2 days a week

What has gone well?

  • A successful sports week where every pupil was involved in short sustained periods of physical activity (including walking/running a mile every day) and had the opportunity to try out a range of sports in a safe and engaging environment.
  • Participation as a school in a range of SSP festivals and external competitions making us eligible for the School Games Silver Kite Mark.
  • Mrs Stephens welcomed as our new PE assistant. She has worked alongside the PE coordinator delivering a consistent PE coverage to the whole school ensuring progression amongst and between year groups. Ensuring the target was met this year to deliver an appropriate varied coverage of skills and sports which are appropriate to each year group. He has also assisted in preparing the children for the festivals and assisted in our school swimming lessons.
  • The introduction of a wide variety of lunch time and afterschool sports clubs which has engaged a large number of our Pupil Premium children and otherwise disengaged in PE children. Mrs Stephen’s free clubs have included: gymnastics, table tennis, fit and active lunchtime club, rounders, cricket, athletics, Kwik cricket and a lunch time running club. Links were also continued with our Roaring Rugby and Soccer excellence fee paying clubs and made with the Swindon Wildcats who ran a free 6 week street hockey course.
  • Gifted and Talented (G&T) PE sessions recognising, supporting and challenging our G&T children
  • 10 week course of ice skating for year 2’s and swimming lessons for year 3’s were successful. 
  • A variety of specialised sports coaches’ visits throughout the year. All children took part in a series of workshops that showed good progression of skills throughout the school and exposed pupils to many new sports


Swindon Schools Sports Partnership


Football coaching for boys and girls


Subsidised Key Stage 1 clubs


Resources and equipment


Ice Skating


Sport’s Week




Total Cost

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