‘High quality physical education (PE) and sport at a vital part of what makes a great school. Physical activity has a wide range of benefits to pupil health and wellbeing, ad the best schools acknowledge that – far from being and ‘either-or’ decision – sport and academic achievement go hand in hand.’ (The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards; July 2023)
At Hill West Primary School we value the difference that Physical Education makes to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that a varied and innovative curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities can have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and achievement in all areas of our young people’s lives.
Sport Premium is a government funded payment aimed at improving and increasing the provision of PE in schools across the country. The amount of funding allocated is based on the number of pupils in the school and it is ring-fenced, meaning it has to be spent solely on PE. It is also expected that the money is spent in a manner that will improve PE in school in a sustainable manner. Therefore, when the money is no longer available, PE provision will have improved as a result of this funding. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10.00 per pupil in Year 1 – 6 (356 pupils as of 14.09.23)
Hill West Key Indicators or Guiding Principles
Key indicator 1: To ensure the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines recommend that primary school pupils undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.
Key indicator 2: To make our school a school where our culture recognizes the value of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA).
Key indicator 3: To increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and school sport.
Key indicator 4: To provide a broader range of school sports and activities to our pupils and to actively promote participation in competitive sport.
Swimming at Hill West
In our school, all pupils’ in Year 4 and non-swimmers in Years 5 and 6 will have swimming lessons during the academic year 2023-2024. Outcomes for Year 6 pupils in swimming during the 2022-2023 academic year can be found in the evaluation for last year below.