At Durham Lane Primary School we believe that quality teaching of Physical Education and involvement in sport can help children lead healthy, active lifestyles. We aim to ensure that PE not only has a positive effect on our children’s health, but also impacts positively on learning and behaviour in the classroom. We believe Physical Education and sport can help children to improve social skills and allow children to enjoy, engage and achieve in alternative learning environments.
What is the Sport Premium Funding?
The Primary PE and Sport Premium was launched by the government in April 2013 with the aim of helping primary schools to improve the quality of PE and sport activities on offer for pupils. The national vision is for “All pupils leaving primary school (to be) physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport”. Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework, which came into effect from September 2019, gives greater recognition to schools’ work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors will expect to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities.
While schools are free to decide how to spend the money they must be able to show that spending has led to a “direct and sustained improvement in sporting provision”. Funding is therefore used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities already on offer and to make improvements that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
How to use the PE and Sport Premium
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport. This means that we use the premium to:
All schools should use the premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.
Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, for example by:
Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement, for example by:
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport, for example by:
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils, for example by:
Increased participation in competitive sport, for example by:
Durham Lane Primary School has a genuine belief in the value of sport, health and exercise. Since Academic Year 2016/17 we have sustained the Gold Level of The School Games Mark, a Government led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
We have a wide range of sporting activities to enhance and enrich our PE curriculum. Some of these activities are funded through the use of the Sport Premium and others are funded through our school budget or by parental contribution.
All our children access PE lessons in our school or at a recognised local facility including Maltby Cricket Club, Yarm Tennis Club, Tennis World, Durham University, Billingham Rugby Club, Middlesbrough Sports Village etc and the use of facilities at local secondary schools when tournaments take place throughout the year. These activities cover a whole range of disciplines that include movement, fitness, gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming.
To further enhance provision, a fenced in ball area was developed to support sport throughout the day including at playtimes.
Sustainability is important to ensure our school has the capacity to meet the continuing needs of our children. Our school has at least matched the funding of Sports Premium and our financial breakdowns demonstrate our commitment to retaining the skills required within our own staff if the funding is withdrawn.