In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education and sport in education.
This funding has been allocated to allow schools to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
Funding was allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1st September 2013. This year, the provision has been increased due to money from the 'Sugar Tax' and a top up from the government. A typical school will now receive approximately £17000 plus an additional £10 per child.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport, engaging pupils in regular physical activity, increasing confidence, knowledge and skill of all teaching staff and to broaden the experience of a range of sports and activities offered, so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
At Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School we recognises the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of ALL children. In addition, it is considered that a PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities, have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of the children. We also believe that all children should leave our school being able to swim and ride a bike to ensure they can enjoy life to its fullest. We have chosen to provide children with 'Balancability' sessions to help them ride a bike. Find out more about how we have spent our sports premium in the attached strategy.