With the 222/23 school year well underway, you may be looking at ways to spend every penny of your PE Pupil Premium Funding. Which is why we have created a list of ways you can spend your PE Pupil Premium Funding to get the most effective use out of your grant and maximise the benefits your pupils receive.
About the grant and it’s key indicators
The Pupil Premium grant is for primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to their core curriculum PE programme and must satisfy the 5 key indicators for improvements which are:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – guidelines recommend that all children aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- Raising the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Continue below to see our tips on how you can spend your pupil premium funding to make improvements at your school, and satisfy the key indicators*.
5 Ways To Use Your PE Pupil Premium Funding
1. Bring in expert coaches to upskill your staff
A great way to use your funding in a flexible way to suit your needs, is by bringing in an external source to you for training sessions. Bringing in a specialist provider, allows your staff to gain more confidence when teaching PE themselves, and raises the standards of lessons through continual professional development. Upskilling your staff means they are better able to identify the gaps in learning of pupils, and can therefore put together a curriculum that benefits the needs of your pupils, not just a curriculum they want to teach.
2. Buy additional equipment
The pupil premium was provided to allow for additional and sustainable resources, so as long as new equipment or resources you buy is an addition to your core curriculum (and not something you needed to update already) then your spending should be ok.
3. Attend our annual KS1 & Early Years Physical Education Conference
Away days for your staff are super important not only for continuing professional development, but also for team bonding and staff retainment. In the UK, there aren’t many widely available conferences or training days for PE staff to attend. Which is why SportyMinis have developed the KS1 and Early Years Physical Education Conference, dedicated to offering continual professional development for primary school teachers and early years educators!
Offering insights and practical strategies for promoting physical development, motor & fundamental movement skills among young children. The conference will cover a wide range of topics such as planning and delivering PE lessons, assessing children’s physical development, using indoor and outdoor spaces for active play, and much more. Making it eligible for PE Pupil Premium Funding. Early bird tickets are now on sale for just £99!
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4. Bring in an activities provider
A key way to satisfy the indicator of broadening the experience and range of sports & activities offered to pupils is by employing an external sports or activities provider. This allows your pupils to benefit off of a specialised coach who can provide expert training in areas of sports your curriculum may not cover. Most sports and activity providers will be able to work in a way so they can bolster your current program.
SportyMinis is very proud to offer a program that covers all areas of sports through it’s innovative multi-skills sports programme, and can work with schools to identify areas that are missing in it’s core curriculum. Click here to learn more about how we can work with schools. This also helps children achieve the recommended amount of at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.
5. Purchase learning resources for staff
Aside from conferences, there are many other ways to continue professional development, such as online training courses. Most online courses are gradual and can be done at your own pace, so these are a great way for staff to learn around their schedule.
We hope you found these tips helpful and inspired some ideas on ways you can spend your PE funding. *As a reminder schools are responsible for making sure their premium is spent correctly against Government guidelines, and we do advise to check against Government resources.