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Sports Funding

At Oliver’s Battery Primary School we understand the value of Sport and PE and believe that all children should be given the opportunity to take part in regular sport, including competitions both in school and against other schools.

Our vision for P.E. is drawn from the Hampshire Strategy for the delivery of high quality physical education and school sport 2013-2016, a vision that aims for all children to experience world class excellent physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to lifelong participation.

At Oliver’s Battery Primary we believe that P.E. and sport build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills. We believe that P.E. and sport are also important because they can help build an inclusive society, raise levels of participation in sport after young people leave school and positively affect the health of the nation.

By raising the quality of the teaching of P.E. and sport in the school, we are ensuring children make good progress in the subject and that children are challenged and engaged in the P.E. curriculum. We also offer a range of extracurricular activities for all the children and these are run by teachers and by qualified instructors. These clubs are run after school, before school and during lunchtimes. At Oliver’s Battery we give children the opportunity to compete in intra-school competitions and other cluster school matches that may lead us towards the Sainsbury's School Games. These games are an opportunity to motivate and inspire children to take part in competitive sport. In July 2014 we achieved the Bronze Sainsbury’s School Sports Kite Mark Award.

Sports Premium

The Government announced that from September 2013 schools will receive an additional £8,000 [plus £5 per pupil between the ages of 5-11 years old] to improve the quality of sport and PE for all their children.  We have looked carefully into the best ways to use this to benefit our pupils and the impact of these provisions will be monitored by the PE leader and SLT to ensure it is having the best possible impact.

Background Information (from DfE website)

The government is providing additional funding of £450 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Eligible Schools

Funding for schools will be 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 2014.

Purpose of Funding

Schools must spend the additional 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 might include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
  • supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools


Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on PE and sport provision and on how schools spend their additional funding. The DfE also hold schools accountable by requiring them to publish since April 2014, on their websites, details of how they spend (or will spend) their PE and sport grant. They must also include detail about the impact this funding has on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.

Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? N.B. Even though your children may swim in another year please report on their attainment on leaving primary school. 82%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? 82%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? 76%
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way? no