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PE and Sports Grant

The Priory Witham Primary PE and Sports Grant Report

What is the PE and Sports Grant?

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and Sports within schools.  Primary schools will receive funding that is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools/academies.

Funding for the Academy is calculated by reference to the number of primary aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools’ census in January. For the academic year 2018-2019 The Priory Witham Academy received £19,640

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Priory Witham Academy PE and Sports Grant

The Priory Witham Academy is passionate about young people participating in PE and Sports and committed to improving opportunities for all. Taking part in regular physical activity or sport is positively associated with reduced risk of heart disease, improved mental health and reduced stress levels as well as further benefits relating to improved classroom behaviour, concentration and focus (DfE 2013). Through encouraged participation we aim to create curious learners who have the wisdom to make informed choices that contribute to them living a healthy and fulfilling life.

The PE and Sports Grant received by the Academy contributes towards achieving our ambition for all pupils to be active and healthy.

We aim to:

  1. Continue to widen and enhance the PE and sport activities that the Academy offers.
  2. Make improvements to the quality of education including professional development and resources that will benefit pupils joining the academy in future years.
  3. Continue to increase participation in competitive sport against other local primary schools.
  4. Continue to increase participation at after school clubs and activities.

External quality assurance validates the way in which the Academy has used the funding to secure positive outcomes and achieve the aims set out above:

“The Primary PE and Sport Premium ensures that the skilful deployment of staff and resources delivers good or improving outcomes for pupils” (Ofsted 2016). 

“It is well used to increase opportunities for pupils to take part in local sports events and has increased the range of after-school clubs. Pupils have access to high quality indoor and outdoor sports facilities. As a result, participation rates in a wide range of sports are high. This promotes pupils’ healthy lifestyles well” (Ofsted 2012).

At the Witham Academy, following reviews on Physical Education provision, the funding will be used in the following ways:

1. The purchase of a range of equipment to enhance the teaching and learning in Primary Physical Education lessons. This includes footballs, netballs, gymnastics equipment, health, fitness and agility equipment and resources for healthy lifestyles.

Reason: the resources were limited and beginning to age. Additional provision of equipment enables a wider range of activities, previously, for example, there were limited resources for health and fitness. This allows the academy to increase exposure to a broad range of activities and sports pupils may not have access to, therefore increasing cultural capital. It is also the case, of course, that when new equipment is purchased there is a noticeable impact on children’s excitement and a renewed enthusiasm for PE and Sports.

2. The widening of the range of activities available to pupils through participation in lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Reason: primary pupils were clearly benefitting from the specialist teaching offered and making excellent progress as a result.  Their improved skill level meant that the PE offer could be widened to include more team game activities such as unihoc and badminton.

3. The development of the Primary Sports Partnership to facilitate participation in inter- school sport and holiday clubs.

Reason: We recognised the need to develop our partnerships with agencies who could offer additional sporting activities outside the Academy and who would support us in our drive to develop lifelong positive attitudes towards participation in exercise alongside the experience of competitive sport and success. The Primary Sports Partnership has links with local primary schools so could therefore facilitate the organisation of inter-school competition.

4. Effective targeting and support for pupils identified as the least active.

Reason: we recognised that we had children who found being active a challenge. Class teachers know the children well and continuity of teaching staff has enabled the identification and support of these children. Pupils now benefit from active learning within the classroom and outside through forest schools which contributes significantly to the amount of time pupils are active. Specific and targeted extracurricular sports and activities also act to engage the most challenging.

5. All Primary pupils will receive swimming lessons as part of their curriculum. Tuition from a fully qualified ASA Swimming Teacher will support all pupils in being able to competently swim 25m using a range of different strokes. Further extra-curricular provision is provided for those who have not yet reached this standard and opportunities for further development for those that do, or choose to swim competitively.

Reason: the most important reason is that swimming is the only sport that can save a child’s life and drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children. Swimming is also a low impact, aerobic sport which enables children to improve their fitness. The Academy is privileged to have a pool on site.  All children have had swimming lessons and when transferring to the secondary phase 93% are able to swim 25 metres (which is a 10% increase from the previous year).

6. The development of intra school competitions to allow skills to be developed in a healthy and safe competitive environment.

Reason: There are clear benefits to pupil’s social and moral development from participation in competitive sport and activity (DfE Evidence on Physical Education and Sport in Schools 2013). It was also noticed that our pupils lacked confidence when participating in inter- school sporting competitions therefore increasing the opportunities to compete in school against their peers would enable them to compete confidently outside of the school environment. Evidence also supports the view that participation in sport and physical activity is associated with enhanced mood and affect and is positively associated with children’s self-esteem (Williams and Gill, 1995; Sonstroem, 1997). We are now seeing the impact as greater numbers of pupils represent the Academy against other schools.

7. Achievement of School Games Mark

Reason: To get the Academy national recognition from the hard work completed in promoting PE and sport particularly through participation and competition. Also to motivate the staff and pupils to want to achieve the mark.  The Witham Academy has now received the Silver School Games mark and is now using the funding to support further developments to strive to achieve the Gold award.

Impact of the PE and Sports Grant to date (June 2019):

We believe we are seeing a significant impact. One of our priorities next year will still be to improve the provision of lunchtime supervised activities and the development of leaders within the primary years to drive this initiative forwards. We intend to do this through improving the equipment available during social times, and attendance at local training for a legacy challenge in order to train and develop leadership skills amongst our pupils. The reasoning for this is to address the growing concerns of obesity within Primary aged children.

The improved lunchtime/social time provision will enable us to engage the less active pupils and develop a greater understanding of leading a healthy and active lifestyle among our pupils. Also we will be able to effectively target pupil groups as necessary.

However we know we have already had a significant impact in a number of areas:

There has been an increase in the range of opportunities offered to pupils.  The following sports were not previously offered :

  • Handball
  • New aged curling
  • Table tennis
  • Unihoc
  • Cricket

These sports were offered previously but the age range has been widened.

  • Tag rugby (now offered to years 2 to 6)
  • Water polo (now offered to years 3 and 6)
  • Netball – High Five (now offered to years 3 - 6)
  • Football (now offered to years 3-6)

This has led to an increase in the number of pupils attending after school clubs. 64% of KS2 pupils are engaged in an activity relating to sport/health/fitness per week; Clubs include :

  • Multi Skills
  • Fun Splash, Swimming Improvement Classes, Gifted and Talented Swimming
  • Football
  • Rounders
  • Netball (High Five)
  • Drama
  • Cricket

Further enrichment opportunities have included :

  • Beacon Fun Splash
  • 2Active
  • Happy Healthy Me
  • Colour dash*
  • Academy Health Week (variety of external visitors and activities) *
  • Sports Days (KS1 and2) *
  • Sport Relief*

*These events were for all pupils. 

There is already a significant increase in the percentage of Primary pupils participating in competitive sport.  This has been through participation in :

  • Intra School Multi Skills Competitions in Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3,4,5 and 6 Football competitions (intra and inter school)
  • Years 3,4,5 and 6 Swimming Galas
  • Years 5 and 6 Rounders (intra and inter school)
  • Years 3-6 Rugby (inter school)
  • Years 3-6 Cricket (intra and inter school)
  • Years 3-6 Athletics (intra and inter school)

All Primary pupils participate in Physical Education lessons on a regular basis with a notable decrease in non-participation.  This has been through the impact of high quality first teaching and the provision of kit for participation.

Links with 2Active have supported the drive to increase the numbers of pupils participating in physical activity both in and after school.


There are a large number of pupils receiving distance badges from swimming and meeting the 25m target set by the government. Current data shows an increasing percentage of pupils being able to swim 25m in Years 3 – 6:

  • Year 3 – 32%
  • Year 4 – 69%
  • Year 5 – 81%
  • Year 6 –93%

In addition to the teaching of swimming, the funding has ensured that the provision for swimming at the Academy is above and beyond the minimum requirement. The swimming curriculum enables all pupils to perform a range of different strokes including safe self-rescue. Where pupils have struggled to achieve this curriculum standard targeted intervention and support through the running of Improvement Classes have been implemented. Fun Splash (water confidence), Gifted and Talented Classes and the organisation of Intra and Inter School Galas have also contributed to an increase participation in competitive swimming. All swimming is provided at the Academy by an ASA swimming teacher.

Positive attitudes from pupils towards involvement in sport; increasing pupil health and well-being.  This has been evident through attitude to learning grades, celebration assemblies (which celebrate both success through sports participated in school and those outside school such as cycling, dance and gymnastics), Sports and PE Pupil of the Module, an increase in the number of pupils gaining their swimming badges and the medals awarded at the end of year Award Ceremony.

The development of substantial and sustainable resources across a wide range of topics and physical activities, allowing the delivery of engaging and challenging lessons. This has been particularly effective in the delivery of multi skills to Key Stage 1 and the provision of a wider range of extracurricular opportunities.
Existing staff have attended training courses in primary athletics, trampolining and gymnastics to enable them to teach Physical Education and Sport more effectively.


Primary Physical Education Curriculum Offer

The Primary Curriculum is taught through a multi skills approach in KS1, and a specific sport/gender focus in the later stages of KS2; whilst focusing on different elements of Physical Education, for example ball skills and team work.


Priorities for 2019-20

  1. To develop lunchtime and social time provision
  2. To develop an activity tracker for each class to monitor and to encourage increased activity levels.
  3. To continue to develop the attendance at extra-curricular PE and sports clubs
  4. To train pupils to lead each other in activities to promote healthy, active lifestyles
  5. To purchase kit for school representation
  6. To achieve Gold School Games Mark
  7. To establish the roles of two new PE apprentices to support with the above.