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  • 08 September 2014 00:00
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New report highlights positive impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium

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New research has shown the Government’s £150 million a year PE and sport premium is helping to improve primary school sports provision.

The report published by the Department for Education shows that nine out of 10 primary schools have improved the quality of PE lessons thanks to the premium, which was introduced in 2013.

The fund goes directly to primary school headteachers who can use it however they want to provide PE and sporting activities for pupils and figures demonstrate that schools are getting real value for money in helping more children get active and healthy.

Amongst other investments, schools have used the money to recruit more PE teachers and sports specialists to improve the quality of lessons or after-school clubs, buy new equipment, offer a wider selection of sports and free after-school clubs.

The report reveals that 91% of schools reported an increase in the quality of PE teaching thanks to the funding, with the remainder reporting quality remained the same.

In addition, 96% of schools reported improvements in pupils’ physical fitness, 93% saw improvements in behaviour and 96% thought the funding had contributed to a healthier lifestyle for their pupils.

The proportion of schools using specialist PE teachers in lessons rose from 22% to 54% while 84% of schools reported an increase in pupil engagement with PE during school time and 83% saw an increase in participation in after-school clubs.
 
Around three quarters of schools used the premium to buy new equipment (76%) or provide more after-school sports clubs (74%) while more than two thirds of schools (67%) increased the number of sports offered during lessons with 77% increasing the sports on offer during after-school clubs. 

Exactly 63% of schools had increased the amount of competitive sport they play with other schools and a third of schools used the premium to reduce the costs of after schools clubs while a fifth made some clubs completely free to attend.
 
With the PE and sport premium providing over £150 million a year, a typical primary school with 250 primary-age pupils this year receives around £9,250, the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher’s or a coach’s time.

"We want to create a world-class education system that gives children all the skills they need to succeed in modern Britain,” said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

"Literacy and numeracy are part of that but confidence, discipline, and determination are equally important.

"Some of those things can be taught in the classroom but the lessons children learn while playing sport, such as the importance of teamwork and the satisfaction of achieving a goal, are invaluable.

"I’m delighted the PE and sport premium is having a positive effect on sports in our schools. 

"Whether you’re an Olympic champion or a park runner, sport really can change people’s lives and I want everyone to take part.”

The report has also been welcomed by Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell, who praised the impact of the premium but also urged schools to ensure that that they create a sustainable legacy from the funding. 

"This funding is clearly having a positive impact and it is crucial that this continues.

"Schools should be using the investment in sustainable solutions and I firmly believe that means investing in existing teaching staff or ensuring that staff are developed professionally.

"For those schools that are using this funding to hire in services through external providers within school hours I would urge them to consider how this will continue to benefit them in two, three or four years’ time - how sustainable is this approach should investment from any source come to an end or if their own staff are not developed in that time?

"These figures do though show the important role that coaches can play in extra-curricular activities with over 90 per cent of schools using them to extend provision outside of the school day. 

"This can not only support school to club links, but also enhances the important role that schools can play in local communities.”

To read the report in full, Click Here

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