The government provides additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport. Schools have the freedom to choose how they do this using these five key indicators for improvement:
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick starting healthy active lifestyles
- Raise the profile of PE and sport 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 Edward's children start swimming lessons in Year 3 - the lessons last for 2 terms and are subsidized using the Sports Premium Grant. That class then go again when they are in Year 4 and again in Year 5.
It is hoped that, after 3 years of swimming lessons, children are able to swim. As Sheerness is by the sea and on an Island, we believe swimming to be an essential life skill. Children should be taught how to safely self-rescue in different water-based situations.
In June 2018 we offered booster swimming lessons to non swimming Year 6 pupils. After this week:
20/28 pupils could swim competently and confidently, over a distance of 25m. They used a range of strokes effectively.
1/28 pupil could swim 20m
5/28 pupils could swim 10m
2/28 pupils remained non swimmers