As new guidance on the primary PE & Sport Premium is published, primary schools across England are sharing details of how they are improving PE and teachers’ confidence to deliver through a £320m government spending commitment. With new guidance published around how to spend the money, schools are being encouraged to invest the funding in sustainable improvements such as teachers’ professional development in PE (who currently receive an average six hours of teacher training in Physical Education during their initial training module).

Key updates to the guidance include an emphasis on the role of Ofsted under the new framework, an increased emphasis on school’s own role in compliance, more signposting, linking to resources, and clarity on how the premium should be spent and clarification of some frequently asked questions such as further information on the capital spend restriction.

These include:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.

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