On 31st October 2017 all state primary schools received 7/12 of their PE & Sport funding allocation, which this year amounts to £16,000 per school and an additional payment of £10 per pupil for schools with 17 or more eligible pupils. The Department for Education (DfE) require schools to use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. The use of premium monies must develop or add to the PE and sport activities already offered and must build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made will continue to benefit or impact on pupils in future years.
The current problem with sustainability and impact
Ofsted assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium by measuring its impact on pupil outcomes. Too many schools, however do not know the impact on pupil outcomes of the monies they spend. School case studies posted on websites rarely move beyond a focus that describes the use of the monies, lists additional activities that have been organised, or states the number of additional pupils who now participate in school clubs for example. The case studies do not focus on improved outcomes.
What should schools do?
DfE list several examples of how schools should spend their monies (click here to see the full list). The top of the list and the approach that is emerging as having the most impact is using the monies to provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively. In particular the SLUK Level 5/6 Primary Physical Education Specialism 6/8 day course, which is supported by the National Association for Physical Education (afPE) and is authored to degree level standard, is gaining credit for building capacity and capability within the system leading to notable impact on pupil outcomes. The tutor resources for the course have recently been rewritten and updated and focus on improving processes and practices that impact on outcomes and ultimately standards of PE in schools.
Where can I find these courses?
Professional Learning Centres (PLCs) that have undertaken an induction to run the SLUK recognised Professional qualification in Physical Education can be located by entering your post code in the search box on the SLUK website found by clicking here.
af Thinking & Learning Company Ltd, based in Worcestershire just off junction 5 of the M5, are a recognised PLC and Andrew Frapwell, an award winning tutor is the author of the new afPE tutor resources for the course. We have our new Level 5 course starting on Friday 1st December 2017. Should you wish to register or contact Andrew for more information please email: andrew@afTLC.com or call: 07803 603450.
What does it cost and who can attend?
The cost of the Level 5 course is £975+vat. This course is open to appropriately qualified and experienced coaches working in schools, TAs / HLTAs, as well as primary teachers with QTS.
The cost of the level 6 course is £325+vat and is only open to primary teachers with QTS.
The fee includes registration, a two-course luncheon for each of the course dates, folders, plastic wallets, photocopying, administration, course resources and certification.