School Sports Premium is a government fund that is available to most primary schools. Schools must use their Sports Premium funding to make improvements to the quality of the sports and Physical Education they provide.
This funding will assist in the development of the sporting activities a school already offers and will help to make improvements that will benefit both existing pupils and pupils who will join the school in the future.
How to Spend Your School Sports Premium
School Sports Premium can be spent in a number of ways, some more effective than others. In order to invest your Sports Premium effectively we recommend that you undergo a number of different activities to find which best suits your school's needs.
Hiring Qualified Sports Coaches
Hiring qualified sports coaches to work with teachers already allocated in the school will help them to further understand the importance of physical education and learn which activities the children find most enjoyable.
After School Activities & Sports Day Events
Sports coaches can also run after school clubs, sports days and sports sessions, during or after school, to engage children in sport and take on extra activities alongside the mandatory PE lessons.
Boost Teacher's Confidence
The Sports Premium funding also covers training and resources which will help teachers teach sport and PE more effectively. This training will ensure teachers feel more confident in their sports teaching and introduce new sports activities, whilst encouraging pupils to take on extra curricular sports and holiday clubs.
Build Relationships and Get Children Involved
School Sports Premium allows schools the opportunity to run their own sporting competitions or sports activities with other schools. This also helps to improve students social development and get involved with team activities.
Make the Most of Your School Sports Premium
Overall, when spending the school sports premium it is key that the main aim is to increase young children's participation in sports.
When spending your School Sports Premium it is essential that you do not use this funding to teach the minimum requirement of the national curriculum or see it as an opportunity to employ sports specialists and coaches to cover PPA arrangements, as this should be funded by the core staffing budgets.
Sports Premium Funding should and can be used to get children involved with all different kinds of sports, encouraging them to keep active and inspiring them to do great things!