St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School
Statement for PE and Sports Premium (2016 -2017)

What is the PE and Sport Premium?

The PE and Sport Premium is additional funding from government to help schools improve the quality of PE and Sport activities offered to pupils. The government is spending over £450 million over the 4 academic years 2013 -2014, 2014-2015, 2015- 2016 & 2016-2017. Each primary school receives a lump sum of £8000 per year, plus an extra £5 per pupil in years 1 – 6. This government funding is ring fenced and can only be spent on PE and School Sport.

PE at St Margaret’s:

We at St Margaret’s believe that PE and School Sport are essential to the development of the whole child – academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical. It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, cooperation and self-esteem.

Physical Education Programme of Study:

A high quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for all pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The National Curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy active lifestyles

How we spend our School Sports premium:

At St Margaret’s we spend our PE and Sports Premium to fund our PE Specialist who is also the school Sports Coach, The Sports Coach provides high quality PE teaching throughout the school, and works with the PE, Link Governor and alongside staff in lessons to ensure her expertise is shared. This also allows us to provide a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities for children from years 1 – 6 without having to charge the children.

Impact of the School Sports Premium: Within PE Lessons

Teachers continue to report that children have responded positively, become more confident, and have improved skills dramatically as a result of the expertise that the PE Specialist brings to PE lessons. The improvement in children’s fitness, skills and technique has led to increased enjoyment, confidence & success when applying skills to performance tasks and competitive games. The use of a PE Specialist and sports coach has also led to more effective preparation and organisation of resources, increasing teaching time and enabling smoother transition from the classroom to PE lessons.

Staff enjoy and have learnt much from team teaching with the PE Specialist, expressing increased confidence and enjoyment teaching PE, and gaining new ideas to implement into their own lessons. Team teaching has led to more effective teaching strategies – improving differentiation in lessons and allowing greater focus on targeted and individual/group teaching of skills. It allows one teacher to work with groups developing skills, whilst the other can work on the application of skills and tactics to performance and small sided competitive games. This has also provided teachers with greater opportunity to effectively assess pupil performance and progress.

Raised Profile of PE and School Sport

The Sports Premium funding has helped us to raise the profile of Sport and PE within the school and as a result we have been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games 2015 Bronze Award which recognises commitment to and the development of PE & School Sport. This academic year we intend to achieve the Silver Award.

The school continues to take opportunities to promote major sporting events and provide children with opportunities to learn about different sports and play them. So far this year we have had a visit from a team GB athlete who came into school to promote athletics. The children thoroughly enjoyed this an had an increased interest in the Olympics

Last year the school launched a half termly sport’s newsletter to highlight and share all the schools sporting success and achievement with parents as well as children and due to the success of this the newsletter has continued to be produced this year. Once again the school has chosen eight Sport’s House Captains who work with the Sports Coach to assist in organising a variety of sporting activities.

Weekly meetings our held between the PE Specialist and the PE Coordinator, and they work closely with our link governor, who is enthusiastic, supportive and attends half termly meetings with us.

Links within the community:

We have forged links with various organisations and schools within the wider community:

  • The school works with Felix White from the Sport Inspired charity attending Community Sports Festivals, where our year 4 Pupils won the team spirt award for the 2nd year. Through Sport Inspired we will have the opportunity to provide free coaching session from our local sports clubs. Sport Inspired have also set up which we share with our pupils to promote attending outside sports clubs.
  • The school liaises and works with other schools in the borough by attending PE Coordinator meetings run by Elaine Burgess and Claire Clarke of the Barking and Dagenham School Sport’s Partnership.
  • The school has worked with Northbury Junior School on the Mission X (astronaut training project)
  • The school is also members of the BDSFA (Barking and Dagenham School’s Football Association) and participate in the boys and girls football competitions organised by them.

Clubs, Extra-Curricular Activities, Inter School Sports

The school is able to offer an increased range of clubs and extra-curricular activities to children free of charge (both during lunchtime and after school) throughout both Key Stages, without employing outside agencies or charging children. This has not only developed children’s skills & confidence, but has also had a positive impact on behaviour within the playground, leading to children returning to class after lunchtimes more settled & ready to work. In light of recent reports highlighting the increasing rates of overweight children and obesity within Barking & Dagenham, the PE specialist has worked tirelessly with staff to provide a variety of sports and fitness activities, which actively engage children in physical exercise and promote healthy lifestyles. This has included organising and implementing the Change 4 Life Programme within our school, with 3 members of staff being trained.

More children have attended clubs and have taken part in intra school competitive sports. The PE Specialist and the PE Coordinator have also coached, organised and taken children to participate in a variety of inter school competitive sports events, including:

Cross Country, Football, Netball, Basketball, Athletics, and Sports Festivals.
We also plan to attend many more events throughout the year.

Our Year 6 children also experience a wonderful week at the Trewern Residential Centrenear Hay on Wye, where they get to experience and participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous pursuits including: orienteering, mountain walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, and shelter building.

The school also participate in the Keep Dance Alive Progamme. Last year pupils from Y5 & Y6 learnt choreography for a dance based on The Road to Rio and performed this at the Barking and Dagenham Borough Athletics. This year 16 children from year 4-6 will be learning choreography based on Bard to Bollywood dance and then linked with other schools across the borough to perform it at the opening ceremony of the Barking and Dagenham Borough Athletics.

The school will also make sure to enter the Primary Panathlon Festival, to provide pupils with disabilities the opportunity to improve skills, socialise with others and enjoy a range of sporting activities.

The clubs and extra-curricular activities that have taken place during the last academic year include:

KS1 Sports Games, Multi sports, Fitness, Boys football, Girls football, Choir

These clubs are well attended, beneficial to the children’s fitness and learning, and are greatly appreciated by the children. We aim to continue to offer a wide variety of clubs and extra-curricular throughout this academic year.