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PE and Sport Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

The Physical Education and Sport premium is designed to help primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sports activities they offer their pupils. Schools receive PE and sport premium from the government based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.


The funding for St Mark’s Primary School is £16,490 for the academic year 2018-2019.


The school is a member of the West Lancashire Sport Partnership. This partnership provides a comprehensive, flexible and responsive service that supports the development and delivery of Physical Education and School Sport in an effective and professional manner.


Some of the funding is used for the delivery of PE and sport from qualified sports coaches for 1.5 days each week (38 weeks of delivery) at a cost of £9030. Each half term the school accesses two different School Sports Specialists who deliver their specialist area of the National Curriculum. The areas that the school receive support include Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion Games, Net and Wall, Striking and Fielding and Athletics and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. The specialists plan all curriculum sessions to meet the needs of all the pupils from nursery to year 6 and assess the pupils against the core tasks within the Lancashire Scheme of Work. The School Sport Specialists not only add to the PE and sports activities that the school already offers but deliver lunchtime and after school clubs.


The school is using £6370 of the funding to engage in the Forest School Programme and become a Forest School. Forest Schools provide opportunities for young people to explore their creativity and develop confidence, resilience and curiosity through hands-on experiences in a natural environment with trees. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has planned, designed and constructed an outdoor learning and teaching area in the school environment. The Forest School activity sessions have been delivered by a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner provided by West Lancashire Sport Partnership. A member of the school staff is in the process of becoming a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner having embarked on the training course.       


The school is using £450 of the funding to engage in a range of Outdoor and Adventurous activities for pupils in Key Stage 2. These activities will be delivered by the West Lancashire Sport Partnership coaching staff.


The remaining £600 of funding will be used to purchase additional outdoor resources to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities.


In addition to the provision provided by sports specialists the school has access to a range of services/opportunities delivered by the partnership.


Such services/opportunities include

  • Involvement in the National Sports Games
  • Access to local Festivals and Competitions
  • Annual CPD opportunities for Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Access to training top support the delivery of lunchtime activities
  • Access to locally organised provision for Gifted and Talented pupils
  • Access to locally organised provision for pupils with SEN
  • Development of Sports Leadership in Primary Schools
  • Access to a Health and Wellbeing programme delivered in school
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities such as Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeablility programmes
  • Mass participation events such as schools Triathlon event
  • Advice and support on Health and Safety in PE
  • Advice and support on Ofsted relating to PE
  • Access to best practice using PE and School Sport to raise whole school standards
  • Access to a list of Community Sports Coaches


Impact on Pupils


  • All pupils access at least two hours of quality PE and sports teaching each week
  • Increase in participation rates in extracurricular sporting activities
  • Increase and success in competitive school sports
  • School achieved Silver Award Sainsbury School Games Mark for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sports 2017-2018
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile July 2018 shows that :-

          - 100% of pupils achieved at least expected in both aspects of Physical Education, Moving and Handling and

  - Health and Self-care which is above National 89.5% and 91.2% respectively

  • 12.5% of pupils exceeded in Moving and Handling and 25% of pupils exceeded in Health and Self-care
  • All pupils in years 3 to 6 have weekly swimming lessons delivered by qualified and experienced swimming teachers during the autumn term and spring term each year. The primary school sports premium is not used to fund these sessions, the cost is met through the school budget. However the delivery of high quality PE and sports teaching has had an impact on the standards achieved by the children in swimming.

          - 100% of pupils in year 6, 100% of pupils in year 5 and 100% of pupils in year 4 have met the National

            Curriculum requirements to swim competently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using

            a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations