Physical Education, School Sports and Physical Activity (PESSPA)
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing. It is known that physical activity can increase self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, and lower anxiety and depression. Children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The Department for Education (DfE) provides funding to Primary schools to promote PE, school sport and physical activity within school. Schools must use this money to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered under 5 key areas:
- 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 each day in school
- The profile of PESSPA being 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
- Increased participation in competitive sport
At St. Andrew’s we provide a wide range of activities that fulfil the requirements of the funding, including 2 hours of high-quality PE every week, a range of physical sports clubs (see here for more information), access to taster sessions for a variety of clubs, access to targeted competitions with clear intent and purpose and a commitment to provide 30 minutes of physical activity each day in addition to PE lessons.
More information about some of these activities can be found here.
More information about our PE curriculum can be found here.
A full breakdown of how the Sports’ Premium grant was spent last academic year can be accessed below.
- Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2022/23
- Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2021/22
School Games Mark
The School Games Mark is a tool aimed at helping schools effectively reflect on their engagement in the School Games. Each year, we are required to demonstrate our engagement against 5 criteria:
- Maintain and grow the school’s engagement in the School Games and the delivery of 60 active minutes for every child
- Create positive experiences by ensuring physical activity and competition provision is designed to reflect the motivation, competence and confidence of young people and has a clear intent.
- A clear focus on transitional points and how secondary schools are engaged in the School Games.
- Create positive experiences that support the character development of targeted young people.
- Advocate to key stakeholders how the School Games makes a meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people, including engaging and education parents.
Once again we have been awarded the Platinum School Games Award, having first achieved this status for the academic year 2017-2018.
Year 6 cohort swimming ability
- 16 out of 24 pupils (67%) within our Year 6 cohort can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres.
- 16 out of 24 pupils (67%) within our Year 6 cohort can use a range of strokes effectively.
- 16 out of 24 pupils (67%) within our Year 6 cohort can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.