PE and School Sports Grant (PESS)
Aims of the Sport Grant
The purpose of the sports premium, also known as the PE and School Sports (PESS) Grant, is for schools to ‘make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport’. Schools have been given the freedom to choose how they spend this grant with the aim of:
• developing or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that we provide;
• building capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
Schools have been asked to focus spending on securing improvements in the following 5 key indicators:
• Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity;
• Raising the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement;
• Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
• Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
• Increased participation in competitive sport.
At Moreton Say CE Primary School we are committed to ensuring our children understand the importance of being active, having a healthy lifestyle and enjoying sports and games activities. We place the highest importance on personal health and well-being and recognise the significant contribution PE makes.
Research has shown that doing physical activity has a positive impact on concentration as well as physical and mental well-being.
In addition to weekly PE lessons, children in our school take part in a number of other physical activities. We are a Daily Mile school’; we used a grant funded through ‘Sugar Tax’ funding to mark a Daily Mile track around our playground. All children run for 15 minutes a day as part of this programme. We also encourage active playtimes, funding equipment for playtimes through the sports grant.
Our Early Years children have activities planned for the outdoors as well as indoors each day, making good use of our dedicated Early Years playground. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children also have weekly Forest School sessions, making the most of our on-site facilities, which include a small wooded area. Our Sports Grant is used regularly to further enhance this provision.
All children in Key Stage 2 swim for a term every year. We think it is important to teach children to swim, especially because we have a canal running through the local town. In recent years all our Y6 children could swim 25 metres confidently by the time they left us. Unfortunately, swimming lessons in the summer term 2020 could not go ahead due to COVID restrictions.
A significant amount of our grant goes into being part of a wider school partnership so that our children can participate in inter-school competitions and activities. The impact of participating in wider sports opportunities cannot be underestimated. As well developing their PE skills, children also develop their social skills: getting on with others from different schools; meeting new people; learning to listen to instructions from different adults. Such activities help prepare them for the next stage in their education, where they may be in a larger setting and help build their confidence and self-esteem. Although we are a small school, through the local sports partnership our children have access to a wide range of sporting opportunities.
Use of the Sports Grant
Please see below for details of our PESS spends and our plans for the coming year. Our spending in the 19-20 academic year was affected by the COVID pandemic and there may be restrictions again in 20-21 which curtail our plans. The government have allowed schools to carry forward any unspent funds due to the COVID pandemic. Our plans and costings for 20-21 are draft while we await final figures from our 19-20 spend.