PE and Sports Premium Funding

Sports Premium 2021-2022

About the PE and Sport Premium

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

The need for engaging physical activity is particularly vital since the COVID lockdowns when many children were inactive.  At Lionwood we noticed this in the 2020-21 academic year and introduced daily exercise ina ddition to the PE lessons and sports events, visits and clubs.  This continues to make an impact on children’s fitness this year.

The school sport and activity action plan sets out the government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day. It recommends 30 minutes of this is delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).

The PE and sport premium can help primary schools to achieve this commitment, providing primary schools with £320 million of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils.

How to use the PE and sport premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport they provide. This includes any carried forward funding.

This means that you must use the PE and sport premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that the school provides
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

At Lionwood we are lucky to have PE Lead (Mark Reeve) who qualified as a secondary PE teacher before changing to the Primary phase.  Mr Reeve has specialist knowledge in this area and is committed not only to high quality PE provision but to giving children access to a broad range of lesser known sports and physical activities through visits and activities in and out of school.