PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)
October 2014 Updates
OFSTED have recently published a report entitled 'The PE and sport premium for primary schools: good practice to maximise effective use of the funding' - please follow the link here which will take you to the document (published 17th October 2014). The report follows a survey of 22 schools across the country who have been previously identified as performing well in PE.
The highlights of the report can be viewed at the link here http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/news/olympic-legacy-funds-are-helping-primary-school-pupils-says-inspectorate-0?news=23545
Ofsted have published a report on 14th February 2013 entitled 'Beyond 2012 - outstanding physical education for all' - Not enough physical in physical education. It highlights a lack of strenuous physical activity in some schools' PE lessons, and makes recommendations for schools and the DfE to ensure high quality PE in schools. A summary of the report can be found here. Considerable investment has secured a central place for PE in school life for pupils of all ages, but there are still improvements to be made. Please find here a useful template document School PE and sports premium.docx which can be used to be put onto school websites showing how you are using Sports Funding - it is also particularly useful for your Sports Leaders during 'one to one' meetings during an Ofsted Inspection.
Sports Grants for Primary Schools
PLEASE ENSURE THAT INFORMATION ON HOW YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR SPORTS GRANT IS INCLUDED ON YOUR SCHOOL WEBSITE - EXAMPLE FORM BELOW (as hyperlink) WHICH CAN BE USED DURING AN INSPECTION (VERY USEFUL FOR 'ONE TO ONE' SPORTS LEADER MEETING WITH INSPECTORATE TEAM). IT IS USEFUL FOR YOUR SCHOOL TO HAVE A PE AND SPORTS ACTION PLAN WHICH COULD BE PRESENTED TO OFSTED INSPECTORS ON ARRIVAL (PROVIDING EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE A CLEAR PLAN AROUND PE/SPORTS PROVISION AT YOUR SCHOOL - THIS COULD ALSO BE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE)
The government announced in March 2013 a £150M Olympic legacy boost for primary school sport in England. The new sports funding aims to improve the quality of provision in every state primary school in England.
- A lump sum for each school, with a per-pupil top up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year. This is equivalent of around 2 days per week of a primary teacher or a coach's time - enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.
- Ring-fenced funding only to be spent on sport will go directly into the hands of Headteachers and teachers who will decide what is best for their children's needs.
- Tougher assessment of sport provision via Ofsted to ensure that funding is bringing the maximum benefit for all pupils, with schools held to account for how they spend the money.
- A greater role for Britain's best sporting and voluntary organisations, including National Governing Bodies who will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.
- Sport England investing £1.5 million a year of lottery funding through the County Sport partnerships to help Primary Schools link up with local sports coaches, clubs and sports governing bodies.
- New provision as part of initial teacher training to produce a cadre of primary teachers with specialism in PE. This is being developed in conjunction with sporting bodies and will start with a pilot covering 120 primary teachers, with the first of these beginning work in schools in September 2013.
- To ensure that Ofsted inspectors have full supporting guidance on inspecting PE in the future - a newly revised handbook will be published for implementation from September 2013.
- A draft programme of study for PE has been published for consultation. It places a greater emphasis on competitive sport than previously, but still allows schools to provide physical activities for their pupils which are suited to their needs. It also retains the requirement that all young people should be taught to swim as part of the National Curriculum.
- With funding from Sport England sports governing bodies will provide a multi-sport satellite club in every secondary school. These will be available to every secondary school pupil on top of the sport and PE offer they receive as part of the curriculum. Some are being created to appeal to girls who often give up on sport when they leave school.