Primary Schools Sports Funding



What is the Sports Premium?

The Government has provided £150 million per year since 2013/2014 for new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary schools for them to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

In 2018/2019, St. Ethelbert’s RC Primary School has received £18,050 to spend on improving sport and PE provision in our school.

How will we be spending the funding at St. Ethelbert’s?

At St. Ethelbert’s RC Primary School, we recognise the valuable contribution Sport and PE make to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children. Our Governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability.

In 2018/2019, the Sports Premium is being used to fund:

  • PE sessions delivered by trained sports coaches on three days per week; this provision is for all pupils from Nursery to Y6.
  • Inter-school competitive sports competitions
  • Professional development opportunities in PE for school staff, including the PE subject leader
  • Additional resources (e.g. PE mats; balls etc.)


In 2017/2018, the following impact was made by the Sports Premium Funding:

  • There were increased opportunities for pupils in EYFS and Y1 to receive quality provision so that basic skills were more highly developed.
  • Subject knowledge for all staff improved due to increased opportunities to observe good practice in PE.
  • Assessment materials for PE have been introduced in the summer term
  • Pupils participated in a wide range of sports in curriculum PE including: football; cricket; tennis; basketball; athletics; cross country running; taekwondo; canoeing; rugby; dance; gymnastics; hockey; golf; yoga
  • Before and after school provision improved so that pupils from all year groups had the opportunity to participate in sport. The following clubs were offered in 2017/2018:


      • taekwondo
      • football (different clubs for Y1-6)
      • cross country
      • athletics
      • gymnastics
      • cricket
      • tennis
      • yoga
      • basketball


  • During 2017/2018, 100% of children received at least 2 hours of curriculum PE, with 66% of pupils in years 1-6 attending an extra-curricular club (an increase of 8% from 2016/2017).
  • The school established teams which participated successfully in inter-school competitions for football, cricket, athletics, golf and cross-country running. (KS1 & 2)
  • The social skills of twelve targeted pupils were developed through their participation in Sports’ Leaders training; as a result, they planned and delivered sports festivals for younger pupils, as well as organising play activities at lunchtimes on a daily basis.
  • School also funded swimming lessons for Y6 pupils in the Autumn term. Following a block of lessons in Autumn 2017, the following outcomes were achieved:


      • 22 pupils (73%) could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
      • 2 pupils (7%) could use a range of strokes effectively
      • 11 pupils (37%) could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations 
      • 8 pupils (27%) could either not swim at all or swim up to 10 metres


Our sports provision will be sustainable because:

  • All staff now have access to a high quality PE scheme of work, provided by the LA Sports & Active Living Team. This will provide them with a framework for school sport to ensure further quality provision
  • CPD is made available through our agreement with the Council – therefore, staff will have the knowledge and expertise to deliver PE lessons
  • The vast majority of sports which are offered to our children are those which require basic equipment which can be purchased at a minimal cost to the school
  • Most of the sports the children participate in can be accessed out of school, either through our own after-school clubs, or by external providers within Bolton. Therefore, pupils will be able to further develop their skills in the future.