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PE Policy

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Primary School's Sports Funding

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What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs

Investing in sport and PE at Ainderby Steeple Primary School
The Government initiative to improve engagement in sport and physical education (PE) at school, known at the Sport & PE Premium, provides schools such as ours with an annual budget to ensure wider engagement in physical activities leading to improved health for all children. At Ainderby Steeple we believe childrens' health and well-being is a critical part of their education and improves their ability to learn. Over the last few years we have put together a comprehensive strategy, based on our own  assessment but also the opinions of both girls and boys throughout the school, that seeks to target the Premium where it is most needed as well as wanted.
We have specifically  tried  to  engage  more  pupils  (both  boys  and  girls  from  KS1  and  KS2)  in  sports  after-school  clubs  and  inter-school  competitions.  We  have  noticed  a  growing  trend  over  time  as  the numbers  involved  have  increased.  This  remains  our  main  focus  and  by  doing  so  we  hope  to provide pupils with a life-long love of sport that they will take with them to secondary school and beyond.  Below  is  a  breakdown  of  how  we  have  spent  the  Sport  &  PE  Premium  since  it  was introduced.

In the financial year 2017/2018 Ainderby Steeple hope to receive a further £16,500 Premium. The spending priorities for this year include:

  • Purchase new PE equipment for children to use throughout school and up-grade storage facilities, including a new Huff 'n' Puff shed for playground leaders. £4000
  • Provide training for teaching staff to upskill and help them feel more confident delivering PE lessons. £500 
  • Be part of the local small school competition partnership, pay for supply costs and transport in order to provide opportunities for pupils across the whole school to participate in inter-school competitions throughout the year. £2500
  • Providing opportunities for pupils across KS1 and KS2 to engage in sport by improving our playground area and outdoor facilities. This has been on our long-term plan for some time but was put on hold until after our extension to the school buildings was completed. £10,000. If you have any suggestions for how you think we could improve our outdoor provision Mr Hodgson would be pleased to hear from you.
  • Purchase Koboca software to enable subject leader to analyise pupil activity levels both in and outside school and assess areas for development with regards to which sports children would like see developed as after-school clubs. £250

Number of pupils in year 6 meeting national curriculum requirement to swim competently and proficiency over 25m  - (Not yet assessed)

Number of pupils in year 6 meeting national curriculum requirement to use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations- (Not yet assessed)



In the financial year 2016/2017 Ainderby Steeple received a further £6500 PE Premium. This was spent on the following priorities:

  • Engage ALL pupils in regular physical activity by purchasing all-inclusive PE equipment. £500
  • Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of staff. Provide REAL PE training for all teaching staff and buy REAL PE resource packs for each class. This will help teachers create clear lesson planning and assessment procedures.  As a result all pupils in school will be able to improve their physical learning through agility, balance and coordination skills as well as developing other areas of their learning. £1790
  • Increase participation in competitive school sport by paying to be part of the local small school competition partnership, for supply costs and transport in order to provide opportunities for pupils across whole school to participate in inter-school competitions throughout the year. £2500
  • Raise the profile of school sport and provide a broader range of sports and activities by providing regular after-school club facilities and giving pupils inspirational sporting opportunities to help develop a "life-long love of sport" for all pupils in our school. These included The Extreme Mountain Bike Show and developing stronger links with Darlington Rugby Club plus various clubs (see below). £1830

Impact on the learners

A total of 56 after school club sessions were provided in 2016/17 for children from reception to year 6. These included football, squash, cricket, gymnastics and Change For Life clubs.

Sport’s competition data shows we had 175 inter-school competition sessions in 2016/17, involving various sports such as squash, tennis (with 6 young leaders who helped umpire), football, x-country (with 1 pupil managing to reach the area finals at Dalby Forest), swimming (where our team came first), athletics, netball, gymnastics, hockey, cricket and a special CFL tchouckball competition held at our school.

REAL PE training has not been fully developed across the school and continues to be a priority for the next year, staff are to receive final training at the start of 2018.

We purchased boccia and new-age kurling sets for ALL children to use throughout school after an inspirational visit from local para-Olympian Joe McKechnie who told us with his life story and showed us his medals.

We have been involved in some exciting sporting events this year which have been instrumental in encouraging pupils to engage in sport. These included a visit to Darlington Rugby Club where KS2 pupils were given a tour of the arena and were then able to train with the professional players on the pitch. Afterwards one parents said "....thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Darlington Rugby club, especially meeting the players, so thank you for organising this."

As part of Sustran's Big Pedal week we arranged for Danny Butler (professional cyclist) to visit school and show the children his amazing skills in a bike demonstration on our playground. Afterwards a parent said "it's the first time my son has wanted to try learning to ride his bike!"

We have continued to use Fit to learn PE passports throughout school and we enjoyed a return visit from Skip2bfit trainer Dave Gibson who helped lead our sponsored skipping day.

The impact on our PE provision enabled us to successfully retain our Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Award.

In the financial year 2015/2016 Ainderby Steeple received £8500 through the Premium. This was spent on the following priorities:

  • Attending regular cluster sporting events throughout the year to provide increased opportunity for ALL Ainderby Steeple children and teams to compete and excel £2500.
  • Developing a whole school skip2bfit initiative to improve general fitness throughout school and implementing box2bfit lessons within KS2 classes £1520.
  • Further investment in priority equipment and training for UKS2 pupils (School Sports Organising Crew) to equip them to lead younger pupils in organised games at playtime and as part of our intra-school sporting calendar £380.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils across KS1 and KS2 to engage in sport, purchase badminton equipment, cyber coach subscription £350.

We designed and introduced a “fit 2 learn PE passport” for all KS2 pupils in order to keep a written record of pupil achievements in PE and fitness levels throughout the year. This enabled staff and pupils to monitor improvements and demonstrate the actual benefit our PE premium made to PE provision and pupil fitness.

The impact on our PE provision enabled us to apply for and successfully obtain a Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Award.

To ensure these improvements are sustainable we have given specialist training to staff in the use of the skip2bfit and box2bfit equipment. The pupils in year 5/6 (School Sports Organising Crew) have also been given training for the resources purchased and will in turn train younger pupils on how to be effective members of the School Sports Organising Crew. Therefore, in future years, the responsibility will be effectively passed onto the next generation of sporting leaders. We feel this is essential in creating long term sustainability and will ensure the proper use of resources purchased.

Impact on the learners

Twice as many sports clubs ran throughout the year including a popular street dance club after parent questionnaire responses suggested a dance club.

Total of 205 after school club sessions were taken up in 2015/16 compared to 71 in 2013/14 and 113 in 2014/15.

Girl’s intake in after school sports clubs had gone up from 35 in 2013/14, to 53 in 2014/15 and 94 in 2015/16.

Sport’s competition data shows we had 157 competition sessions in 2015/16, including a squash competition (first time), a record 17 pupils managing to reach the x-country finals at Knayton and 7 KS2 junior leaders helping to umpire the year 3/4 tennis competition.

Fit to learn PE passports have successfully been introduced throughout school. KS2 classes ran regular box 2 be fit lessons to improve fitness. General fitness has been measured over the year by using a 2 minute skipping challenge. Results show an upward trend in number of skips pupils are able to do in 2 minutes. Class 3 total skips in 2 mins were recorded once a term. Term 1 = 2372. Term 2 = 3139. Term 3 = 3361.


In the financial year 2014/2015 Ainderby Steeple received £8415 through the Premium. This was spent on the following priorities:

  • Specialist training for staff and provision for pupils in gymnastics, dance, striking and fielding and invasion games.
  • Supporting and engaging less active children through new and additional sports clubs including gymnastics, martial arts, archery and change 4 life club.
  • Purchase equipment and training for KS2 pupils to help them engage children in sport at playtimes through the “energy club” play-leader training initiative.
  • Helping pupils develop a healthy lifestyle through providing a new water cooler.
  • Purchasing additional PE resources and equipment for use in gymnastics, invasion games and athletics. Providing opportunities for ALL pupils to participate in inter-school competitions throughout the year.


The impact on our PE provision enabled us to apply for and successfully obtain a Silver Sainsbury’s School Games Award.

Number of sport after-school club sessions provided....113

Number of inter-school sport competition places provided....215





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