Rik Grover Lead Officer for the Primary Sports Premium at Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) is pleased to be offering schools across Wiltshire and Swindon a short PowerPoint presentation offering guidance and support on the Primary Sports Premium, and the roles and responsibilities of the governing board.
The presentation is approximately 30 minutes in duration, and in addition to covering the relevant details for the governing board, it also gives an overview of the local and national picture regarding the Primary Sports Premium Grant. A guidance booklet also accompanies the Governors presentation.
If you would like to have the presentation delivered in your school, or if you require further advise or support with any aspects of the Primary Sports Premium Grant, please contact Rik on: 01225 781500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the interim, please find below some key information that you may find of interest:
There has never been a more important time for PE in primary schools.
Recent research finds that half of all seven-year olds do not get enough exercise, only 38 per cent of girls at that age take part in the recommended hour of moderate or vigorous exercise a day and one in three young people leave primary school overweight. These statistics show how important high-quality PE and sport is in tackling the growing levels of inactivity amongst primary age children in the UK.
Today, nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression.
If young people enjoy taking part in physical activity early on in life they will go on to lead active healthy lifestyles, but if they have a bad experience, particularly at school, they could be put off for life. Physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for children, such as muscle and bone strength, health and fitness, improved quality of sleep and maintenance of a healthy weight. There is also evidence that physical activity and participating in organised sports and after school clubs is linked to improved academic performance.
The Government investment is dedicated to primary school PE and school sport. It has the potential to make a significant contribution if schools channel the funding correctly, and leadership teams are challenged to maximise the impact of their spend on outcomes that address physical education, physical activity levels and sporting opportunities.
To maximise the impact of the primary Physical Education and sport funding and ensure compliance with Ofsted accountability measures, governing bodies will be supporting and challenging Head teachers and senior leadership teams about the school’s vision, provision and impact of PE, sport and physical activity.
The lead governor will ensure the governing body is well informed about the achievement of its pupils in PE and Sport. Examples of how this might be achieved are as follows:
- monitoring the performance and practice of any specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches who are contracted to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
- monitoring and evaluating the impact of how the grant has been spent including the effect of new resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers has on increasing levels of pupil participation
- requiring the PE/Sports Premium lead to update the governing body on the outcomes of any sports competitions or activities with other schools
For further information on various aspects of the Primary Sports Premium, please visit: http://www.wiltssport.org.uk/schools/primary-school-premium