Sports Premium

For the academic year 2017-2018, the Government has provided primary schools with a Sports Premium Fund.  This initiative has been set up to promote increased participation and competition and to widen the sporting opportunities in primary schools. Great Dunmow Primary school has been allocated an amount of £19,670 for 2017-18.


What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is continued to provide funding for the academic year of 2017/18 to provide, substantial primary school sport funding.  This funding is being jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.


Purpose of the Funding

Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.  Possible uses are:-

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sports clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs


 Great Dunmow Primary School – Sports Funding 2017/18

Our Sports Funding 2017/18 is used to employ MRFA coaches as our Sports teachers.  These coaches work with the teachers to support the children during PE in the afternoons and ensure that the quality of provision allows pupils to develop and excel. Through using MRFA coaches, our provision is sustainable as each teacher is currently being upskilled by working alongside this team. This totals £10,950 from our Sports Premium Budget.

We have also spent a portion of our funding on a new Early Years Foundation Stage play area for our youngest cohort of children to develop core body skills and co-ordination techniques. It has given them a platform to succeed early on, in addition to their PE lessons. This totals £4000 from our Sports Premium Budget.

We also use any extra funding for equipment for the children to use at lunchtimes and in clubs to engage in being increasingly active, from Sports Premium Funding and from School Budgets. This currently totals £54.28 from our Sports Premium Budget.


The impact of Sports Premium

The Governors agree that they money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of sporting ability, that staff have access to working alongside specialist and have opportunities for training and learning, whilst opportunities are given to all children to compete in tournaments and competitions. Our funding is used to enable our children to compete, learn and benefit from extra sports activities.  We employ MRFA coaches using the Sports funding to give the children, along with assistance from the teachers, extra time for sports as well as their timetabled PE lessons. The increase in clubs and engagement in sport has seen the participation rise each year, whilst the profile of PE has been raised as a result of this.


How will we spend future premium in 2017/18?

Remaining premium funds will continue to be spent in miscellaneous equipment which will support and maintain the current high level of PE that we offer, to ensure the engagement of all children in regular, daily physical activity.

Funds will also be spent on investing in the Maths of the Day programme, where PE is incorporated into weekly Maths lessons to encourage participation and enjoyment in both subjects and to increase the physical activity children undertake. Not only will staff be upskilled by continuously using various teaching skills, but there will be an increased confidence by all and will raise attainment in core subjects. Similar opportunities and resources are also being enquired about for future development.


2017/18 Events


Kwik Cricket and Three Tees Cricket                                      Dodgeball

Cross Country                                                          Netball

Gymnastics                                                              Cheerleading

Boys and Girls Football                                               District Sports and Athletics

Swimming                                                               Tag Rugby

Mini Tennis


Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

Please complete all of the below:

(Dated 20/03/2018)

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?



What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?


Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?



A review of Sports premium funding in 2016/17







To renew and upgrade old and faulty equipment



Netballs and posts


Gym equipment


Playground equipment



Replacing old and providing more equipment has meant we have been able to enter more children into tournaments as we have the equipment to practice 


Sports Coaching

To provide improved sports coaching provided by MRFA coaches (and cover from Miss Mace)


Sports coaches

To develop all pupils’ skills in a range of sports through expert teaching



Any funds not used in the current year were carried forward to the next.