Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The school sport and activity action plan sets out the government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day. It recommends 30 minutes of this is delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and sport premium can help primary schools to achieve this commitment, providing primary schools with £320 million of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils.
Please see below for our 2022-2023 PE and Sports Premium Strategy:
Please also see the percentage of Year 6 pupils who met curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety in 2022-2023
|Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety||2022-23|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort, swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?||94%|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke?
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort, perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?||100%|
|Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?||Yes – to support Year 6 swimmers who needed additional support|