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Rockliffe Manor Primary School

Sports Premium


The Government is providing funding directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The amount of PE and sport funding which schools receive is based upon the number of children they have in Years 1-6.

When a school receives an Ofsted Inspection, they will assess how schools spend their PE and sports funding. Governors and the schools’ Improvement Partner will also ask about and assess how the funding is spent in between Ofsted inspections.

Detailed information about PE and sports funding for Primary Schools can be found at:


Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example funding can be used to:

  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • Provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • Introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • Run sport competitions
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Run sports activities with other schools

There are some things which the PE and Sports Premium Funding is not allowed to be spent on. These are: 

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)


The staff, children and governors at Rockliffe Manor Primary all agree that the money must be used so that:

  • All children benefit regardless of sporting ability,
  • Staff have access to resources and training opportunities, plus continued professional development to improve the quality of teaching and learning in physical education,
  • Children are exposed to a range of traditional and non-traditional sports and health enhancing activities through the curriculum, clubs and school visits.
  • Children use sports to help them gain learning behaviours and skills which help them in their classrooms.
  • Children use sports to help them gain learning behaviours and skills which help them in their classrooms.




For the 2020-21 academic year we received £17,740 premium funding.

During this year, we have used part of our sports premium grant to fund our ‘Sports, Health and Wellbeing Lead’ his actions have moved beyond the supporting of PE lessons and supporting PE development, but increasing the sports and health interventions to those who are requiring extra support. This has been especially beneficial as then children return to school after the pandemic. Many children did not spend time building social skills and working in a team for a long while, and so when brought together in the sports interventions there were gaps to work upon.

We continued to work with professional services to enhance our curriculum, such as our gymnastic sports coach, the work she provided was essential during lockdown and maintained the importance of health, sport and wellbeing for our children who were learning from home or within restricted school bubbles.  

Some highlights of the 2020-21 academic year include:

  • Weekly gymnastics sessions with a professional coach, virtually and in person.
  • Swimming lessons for Year 6 for an intensive period, which have shown to bring high impact on swimming abilities. This ensured that the statutory number of children were able to swim the minimum amount of length, but also allowed for a deepening of confidence for those who can already swim, but need to develop further.
  • Integrating and sharing lesson plans and a new curriculum with partnership schools
  • Our PE Leader meets every half term with other PE leaders within the Inspire Partnership; where they discuss good practice, areas of development, ideas for improvement, events and competitions, etc… including how to drive PE during the remote periods.
  • A variety of sports are made available to the children in after school clubs including football and gymnastics. These are always extremely popular with a waiting list.

We look forward to another incredible year of PE and Sport, our priorities for 2021/22 include:

  • To ensure that all children are receiving high quality opportunities to participate and develop their skills in a range of sports and games.
  • To embed sporting interventions for targeted children to improve social, physical and emotional skills.
  • To continue to develop our lunchtime and after school club provision, as well as providing opportunities to improve physical health and wellbeing e.g. healthy eating, cookery and gardening.