I attended the Capita PE and Sports Premium conference in London yesterday, ‘Maximising Impact in Primary Schools’, and was very glad I did.

It’s a rare day when the DfE, Ofsted, subject associations, schools and other stakeholders agree on things, but they were unanimous in their views yesterday – any Sport Premium activities implemented must be sustainable.  

So how do you do this?

  1. Self evaluate what you need to improve and target your funds.
    This requires a thorough audit of what’s currently on offer in school and though it may sound onerous, there are several tools to help (YST and AfPE both have excellent audit tools). All agreed this was the essential first step in improvement.
  2. Make sure it adds value.
    John Mitcheson, National Lead for PE at Ofsted said the two main things Ofsted are inspecting on are ‘Is it increasing participation and raising standards?’ and ‘Can you show that it’s making a difference?’ Ofsted are, and will be, ramping up inspections on PE.

  3. Make it sustainable.

Clare Fowler, Senior Policy Advisor within the PE and Sport Team, DfE asked the key question ‘How will this investment address the need identified in my school?’ And ‘If the funding went tomorrow, what would the legacy impact of it be?’

Bringing in coaches to release teachers for PPA time is undeniably the worst way to spend the premium!

Schools who are choosing Striver know that the increased motivation and competition it brings will impress any inspector and also help create a sporting ethos at a school, a vital component if the legacy of the Sport Premium is to be felt for many years to come.

David Cameron made it very clear that they will (if re-elected) continue the PE/Sport Premium fund if it is having an impact.  It’s up to all of us to ensure this important funding continues.

 

Maria Brosnan

Managing Director