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PE and Sport Premium

Sport Premium Funding

Sport at Hillcrest

Our sporting aim is to provide a fun, inclusive and high quality PE curriculum. 

Sport and PE is a vital part of our curriculum at Hillcrest. We recognise the contribution it can make, not only to the health and well-being of individuals, but also to the academic side of their education. As a school, we plan a comprehensive sport curriculum which both allows children to access all necessary skills for their age, as well as preparing them for competitive sports competitions in Key Stage 2 and 3. A wide range of extra curricula clubs are available to give children the opportunity to take their desired skills to the next level. We are always looking to make links with sports clubs in the local area in order to give children a clear path into sport outside of school. At the moment, we have strong links with Downham Cricket Club and Pelicans Hockey Club.


What is the Sports Premium?

We, at Hillcrest Primary, have received a budget of £20,940 with £12,215 of this being available from November 2018. The final £8,725 followed in May 2019. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding is purely for Sport and PE provision and must be spent in this area. For the next academic year, the Government will be continuing to provide £320 million per annum to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. For the new academic year, schools are receiving a budget of £16,000 + £10 per child. 


What we have used the funding for (2018-2019):

Over the last year, we have used our sport funding across a number of areas:

  • We have employed a specialist sports coach to work alongside current teachers for 2 hours per week (CPD). 

  • A large portion of the funding is used for transport to allow us to travel to all events and competitions throughout the year. 

  • We pay into the School Sports Partnership, allowing us to coordinate and participate in competitions, tournaments and festivals.

  • Purchasing the relevant equipment to allow children the best opportunities to develop themselves and their skills. This year, we have focused on acquiring equipment to allow us to increase the range of sports we can offer. 

  • Paying Sportsafeuk to make any relevant repairs to existing equipment.

  • Staff cover to allow teachers to attend sports competitions with groups of children. 

  • We buy into a ‘5-a-day’ scheme to encourage exercise everyday as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • We employed a specialist sports teacher to work with small groups focusing on the link between sport and social skills.


The impact of this has been:

  • Improved quality of teaching and learning.

  • More confident teachers within this area of the curriculum. 

  • Increased participation in sports competitions both during school hours and outside school hours.

  • A wider range of sports clubs on offer and a greater participation in extra-curricular clubs. 

  • A better development of skills due to the equipment being used.

  • An improved school health, well-being and fitness. 

  • An increase in social skills through sport 

  • Children who are fresh, energetic and enthusiastic in the classroom. 


What we intend to spend the funding on this year (2019-2020):

Over the next year, we will use the funding to continue our sport and PE curriculum as well as improve the experience for children at Hillcrest.

PE Budget Plan

What we get as a school


Reason and sustainability

1. We will be employing a specialist sports coach to work alongside teachers for 2 hours per week.


CPD - The coach will work with each class and teacher for 6-7 weeks. The class teacher will then be in control of continuing this good practice.

2. We will be running an inspirational Sports Week where we will be bringing in sporting professionals and experts..


The aim of the Sports Week is to inspire children to participate in sport. This will hopefully increase participation in both school clubs and out of school clubs.

3. We will be taking part in the ‘Omnes Games’ allowing KS1 and KS2 children to access sport specific coaching and competitive tournaments.


This will be targeting children who currently struggle to access the full PE curriculum in KS1 and KS2. Providing them with this focused attention and fun sporting opportunity will hopefully inspire them to increase their participation and break down their sporting barrier.

4. We will be employing a specialist sports teacher (and inspirational leader) to work with small groups focusing on the link between sport and social skills.

Up to £7000

This will be targeting children who currently struggle to access the full PE curriculum in KS2. Providing them with additional small group social sessions will hopefully enable the children to stretch their sporting barriers and learn vital skills to help them in their future.

5. Transport to all sports competitions

Around £360 for a year of travel

This allows the children to access additional competitive and ‘experience based’ sport.

6. Employment of a specialist sports coach for an after school club.


This is to increase sports participation in lower KS2 and to prepare them for cluster competitions as they move into upper KS2.

7. Sportsafeuk – making any relevant repairs to our existing equipment in order for them to be used.

Up to £500

This ensures children have the relevant resources to experience PE and sport in a safe environment.

8. Resources for inter school House games

Up to £100

This enables children to become leaders and directly support other children within the school in sporting contexts.

9. Updating existing equipment.


This is to ensure all equipment is safe, usable and appropriate for all the sporting activities we offer.

Any unallocated money will be carried forward into next year’s budget.

Every action we take as a school is done so to improve the physical and academic health of the children. In order to make this effective, the actions must be sustainable. Therefore, all things put in place have been considered as long term enhancements to our curriculum. We believe that we provide a fun, inclusive and high quality PE curriculum. 

The development of our PE curriculum and distribution of the funding is decided upon each year due to the current needs of the children. This ensures that the money can have the greatest impact possible. The School Improvement Plan is closely linked to this with many points being targeted within the PE curriculum. Examples of this are as follows:

Point 4 of the PE budget plan - Key issue 1.5 (Supporting children with SEN)

                                                   - Key issue 3.4 (Developing independent learners)

                                                    - Key issue 3.6 (Reflection of personal skills to enable learning)

                                                   - Key issue 3.8 (Targeting boys to improve  confidence and                                                                          attainment) 

Point 8 of the PE budget plan - Key issue 3.7 (Providing opportunities for older children to mentor                                                             and support younger children)

Swimming at Hillcrest

Swimming, at Hillcrest, is something which we are very proud of. Key Stage 2 children take part in swimming lessons for 1 term of each year with the aim of every child leaving our school with both the necessary safety skills and the capability to swim at least 25m confidently. We continually strive to provide the best education for all our pupils. Within swimming, we provide two specialist swimming coaches as well as the class teacher to support the needs of all children. We believe this works very effectively. This is evidenced through our large percentage of competent swimmers (see below) as well as our continued success in local swimming competitions. Swimming is fully embedded in our PE Curriculum and is part of being a Hillcrest student.

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety Percentage of pupils
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters? 93 %
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? 93 %
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations? 55%


“I loved the cricket tournaments this year! I liked playing against other people competitively.”

Year 6 child.

“I like P.E. because I like training and exercise. My favourite sport is running.”

EYFS child.

“P.E. is the best subject. I liked tennis because I don’t do it at home.”

Year 2 child.

 “The training provided gave me a surge of confidence when going into P.E. lessons. It gave me a number of new skills and was a fun experience.”

Year 5 Teaching Assistant who participated in two P.E twilight training sessions.