Sports' Premium

Sport Premium

What is the Sport Premium?

The government has invested over £450 million to help primary schools improve the quality of the Physical Education and sporting activities they offer their pupils. This initiative began in 2013, with an initial pledge for funding for three academic years from 2013-17, and has now been continued, with funding doubled until 2021.

The funding should be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) we offer. This means that the premium should only be used to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that our school already offers.
  • Build capacity and capability within our school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining our school in future years.

Schools have the freedom to determine how the money is spent but should expect to see improvement across 5 key indicators as evidence of the positive impact of their spending.

Those 5 key indicators are:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.
  • Raising the profile of PESSPA 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 Dukesgate, we are committed to providing an inclusive, high quality PESSPA curriculum, which promotes the physical health and mental wellbeing of all our pupils.

The amount of funding each school receives is based on the number of pupils in Years 1–6. For the academic year 2019-20, Dukesgate received £17,690.

Click here to read our Sports' Premium Impact Statement for 2019-20

For the academic year 2020-21, we will receive £17,810.


Swimming and water safety are part of the National Curriculum and, by the time children leave Dukesgate Academy, they should be able to swim 25m using a range of strokes.

For the academic 2019-20, the following number of Year 6 children met the National Curriculum requirements for Swimming and Water Safety by July 2020:

What percentage of your Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 20 / 32 = 63%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)? 20 / 32 = 63%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water – based situations? 20 / 32 = 63%
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? Yes

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