Primary PE and School Sport
“CSPs play a key role in providing support to schools in their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.” Edward Timpson, Under Secretary of State for Schools and Families
Tees Valley Sport are working with local, regional and national partners to support primary schools across the Tees Valley in making the most effective use of the primary PE & Sport funding.
Are you a primary school seeking to improve the quality and breadth of your physical education (PE), physical activity and school sport provision? If so, Tees Valley Sport may be able to help you to find the support you need.
The government has invested £150 million per year since 2013 to support PE and school sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and is allocated directly to primary school headteachers.
The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on improving the provision of PE, sport and healthy active lifestyles in their schools. This might include:
- accessing professional development for primary school teachers
- employing specialist teachers and coaches
- providing training for teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors and volunteers
- joining local support networks, such as school sport partnerships
- forging links with local sports partners
- paying for equipment, transport and access to facilities.
Primary schools should aim to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport, which results in, all pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Schools are required to report on how they have allocated the funding through their website and through Ofsted. They should publish what impact the funding is making and how they plan to sustain the improvement in the future. This reporting should be published by 4th April each year.
Thanks to additional Lottery funding from Sport England, Tees Valley Sport can help primary schools to find the support they want. This includes:
- finding out what support primary schools would like
- supporting local partners to promote appropriate offers of help
- signposting schools to offers that meet their needs.
There is no requirement for schools to take up this offer of help but, hopefully, by working in partnership with other networks and providers, Tees Valley Sport can make it easier for primary schools to find appropriate local support.
For further information, please contact Lis Greenwell, School Sport Project Officer, on 01642 342287 or firstname.lastname@example.org