Southborough C of E Primary School

Sports Premium

PE and School Sports Funding

Sports Premium 2017-2018 evaluation

Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium 2017-2018

The Government is continuing the funding to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding for the academic year 2017/18.

What is Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £320 million per annum for academic year 2017/18 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. Each school will receive £16,000 plus £10 per child on roll and the money can be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of the funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer for the benefit of primary aged pupils to encourage the development of active, healthy lifestyles.

This means schools should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Make sustainable improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years


Our Aim

At Southborough we have an ongoing ambition to deliver both a high quality and a varied amount of PE and School sports for every child. We aim to develop confident, independent learners in a safe, competitive environment, ensuring all pupils have a secure understanding of PE and sport through enjoyment, teamwork and participation. In order to give every child, every chance to be active and informed of the importance of living a healthy life we deliver 2 hours per week of PE throughout the school at present. Our school has been recognised for its excellent delivery and provision of PE and Sport and currently holds the School Games Mark Gold.

How have we spent our funding?

Sports at Southborough is currently being developed further with the Primary PE and school sport premium funding.The PE and sport premium is funded by the Department for Education and is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. At Southborough C of E Primary School we are using the projected PE funding (2017-2018 £10,055) to enrich the opportunities on offer to our children in conjunction with developing teaching and learning.

We are now in our fourth year of hiring specialist PE coaches to deliver high quality teaching and learning across the PE curriculum. Not only have the children received expert tuition in a range of PE and sports but the external coaching has also provided after school clubs and continuing professional development for teachers. Class teachers have worked alongside specialist coaches and have developed the planning and delivery of PE lessons. The key areas for development of the funding are Subject Leadership, Staff CPD opportunities, Healthy Living, Leadership and Sports clubs including School-club links and Inter school competition. With the PE premium funding we hope to apply for Platinum School Games status, something schools can only do when a Gold School Games Mark is achieved in consecutive years, as well as increase the participation and achievement within PE and School Sport at Southborough.

At Southborough we continue to participate in a range of competitive sports, competing against other schools in local football and netball leagues, hockey, basketball and gymnastics competitions as well as cross country leagues, swimming galas, pentathlon events and athletics competitions. We have enjoyed success in football this year, winning the St Greggs tournament as well as the High 5 Netball tournament, where we finished in 3rd place. The 2017/18 season saw Southborough capitalise on their St Greggs tournament victory in the summer term by winning the Kent School’s Football Association ESFA Primary tournament.

The Sports Leaders program continues to successfully run with specialist training provided for our Year 5 and 6 sports leaders so that they can encourage and motivate children across the school to actively participate in a range of self-planned fun and healthy sports related activities at playtimes.

For all of the above sports opportunities, we have worked closely with coaching and sports specialists, Sprint. A significant amount of the DfE funding, approximately £5100 has been allocated for this academic year in order to gain the best value for money and maximise the quality, quantity and range of activities that we have been able to offer to children across the school and £900 of the Sports Funding has been used to improve our P.E. resources and school cross country, football and netball kits.

Increasingly, Forest School is becoming a popular way to improve children’s engagement with outdoor activities, in addition to providing some very positive results with regard to improving enjoyment and emotional wellbeing both in and out of the class room. We are now in our fourth year of offering children in Years 1-6 Forest School and Outdoor Learning opportunities and learning experiences. This year £3300 has been allocated to the Forest School Provision. A specialist Forest School Teacher (who is also a qualified Primary School Teacher) has run Southborough Forest School since autumn 2013 and the development of pupils’ tenacity, perseverance and problem solving skills has really been enhanced by the new challenges they are able to experience and overcome whilst at Forest School. Using the Leuven scale to monitor the impact, 95% of the children have shown improvements in both involvement and confidence.