Sports and PE

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum  to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.


Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • new or additional sport clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.


How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?


Swimming Subsidy For Key Stage 2 Children

Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and before children leave our school it is expected that they are able to meet the objectives highlighted below. At Hermitage, all year 3 and 4 children go swimming each year throughout their time in Key Stage 2.


Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE

The school works with Fit for sport to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff including: invasion games, gymnastic, striking and fielding games . This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Over the year the coach will work with different key stages, ensuring all children have access to high quality PE sessions. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a qualified coach, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons.


Providing places for pupils for after school sport club

Our school offers a range of after school sports clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. The clubs change half termly to allow children to try out a range of different sporting activities.


Providing lunchtime activities

Hermitage has a dedicated lunchtime sports activity coach who works on both formal and informal lunchtime activities in the playground.


Provision of specialist sports and physical activities programmes

We offer classes the opportunity to participate in more specialist programmes to devlop more specific skills that will offer opportunities to develop skills for life (our cycling programme) or for leisure (ice skating).


Providing opportunities for children to compete

Through our work with the school sports partnership, Hermitage children have the opportunity to compete in tournaments and fixtures both at Borough and area level. Coaches also identify our more gifted children, allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level.