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Sports Premium Funding

Sports Premium Funding 2023 - 2024


How are we planning to spend our PE and sport grant this year?

At Cuerden Church School we believe in providing our children with a broad and balanced PE curriculum which will motivate them to lead healthy and active lifestyles. From the government this year, our school has received the allocated sports grant of £24,669.00. The children and staff will benefit from a new PE curriculum which develops knowledge, skills and understanding. Specialist coaches will continue to lead intra-school competitions and the impact of progress will be supported by the PE Passport app.


It is expected that schools will see an improvement in the following 5 indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
  2. The profile of PE and Sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and Sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.


From April 2023 to July 2024 the sports grant has been spent on:

  1. Buying into the South Ribble Active Health Team Active School Offer:
  • Yoga and Wellbeing coaching - Year 5 and Year 6
  • Dance coaching - Year 1 and Year 2
  • Gymnastics coaching - Year 3 and Year 4 
  • Tennis coaching - Reception 
  • Fundamental Movement Skills intervention –  Active Movers coaching


  • Active Travel Programme, which includes:

-a ‘Dr Bike’ bus which will repair the children’s bicycles and scooters

-Tots on Tyres Level 1 (Balance Bikes) – Reception

Tots on Tyres Level 2 (Pedal Bikes) – Reception

-Scoot Safe (to teach the children how to scoot safely to and from school) – Year 3

-Bikeability Levels 1 and 2 (to teach the children how to confidently ride their bikes on today’s roads) – Year 6


  • Whole School Festivals which will take place half termly, providing opportunities for everyone to participate in intra-school competitions – rugby, dance, athletics, Paralympics, yoga & mindfulness, football and rackets


  • After School Clubs ran by the South Ribble Active Health Team.


  • In the Summer Term, the whole school will also participate in the ‘Dance from the Heart’ roadshow. Staff and children from Year 5 will be involved in a half-day leadership course to support the rest of the school in learning the dance routine.


  • Cluster competitions which will take place half termly. Children will have the opportunity to participate in inter-school competitions alongside local schools.


  • Year 5 children and welfare staff will also participate in ‘Change 4 Life’ Playtime Leaders training.


Total cost of this coaching support is £6,680


  1. Staff will also participate in training to deliver PE and Sport.



Other planned uses of the sports funding:

  • New resources and equipment will be ordered for PE lessons, playtimes and Sports Days.


  • Transport to and from competitive events and tournaments.


  • Sports Council badges and Sports Day stickers.


  • Sports-themed activities to take place in school.


  • Additional extra-curricular clubs.


  • Additional swimming provision for children in KS2 – £3,400


  • Mental health and wellbeing resources – £1,282.40


  • Resources and equipment for outdoor learning and physical activity - £4,000 approximately



Impact of the sports funding:

  • Further increased opportunities to participate in competitive sport and friendly matches.


  • Opportunities to participate in a wider range of sports. All children will benefit from learning a wider variety of skills from the expertise of qualified coaches.


  • Improvement in the quality of teaching and learning across different aspects of PE and sport.


  • A continued awareness amongst pupils about healthy and active lifestyles.


  • Opportunities for all children to be active at playtimes. New Year 5 Play Leaders will be appointed and will lead C4L Club at playtimes and lunchtimes with welfare staff.


  • Bikeability has developed Year 6 pupils’ proficiency to be road ready.


  • Scoot Safe has enabled Year 3 children to learn how to scoot safely to and from school.


  • Extra-curricular ran by specialist coaches to enhance a greater range of opportunities.


  • Additional opportunities have been provided for children in Reception to receive specialist coaching.


  • New Sports Council members will be appointed to discuss how to continue to raise the profile of PE and Sport around school. We are aiming to achieve the ‘Gold’ School Games Mark again this year.


  • ‘Pupil and staff voice’ interviews will continue to be carried out to discuss thoughts and views on PE and physical activity.


  • There is evidence of more pupils joining out of school sports clubs and taking up new hobbies as a result of the coaching and experiences that they have received and been offered in school. We celebrate sporting achievements each Friday in our Achievements assembly along with the children’s names appearing on the weekly newsletter.




Swimming and water safety remains an important part of the PE curriculum at our school as we believe that it is another way of helping children to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Schools have the responsibility to publish swimming data and we have used some of the sports grant for this.


This data shows how the children have met the National Curriculum expectations. By the end of Key Stage Two, children should be able to:

  • Swim 25 metres.
  • Use a variety of different strokes (e.g. breast stroke, back stroke, front crawl).
  • Be able to perform a safe self-rescue.


Current swimming provision:

Throughout the academic year, pupils in Year 4 (Autumn to Spring) and Year 5 (Spring to Summer) attend weekly swimming lessons at the local leisure centre. During their weekly sessions, the children are grouped according to their ability and are taught to:

  • Swim confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • Use a range of strokes.
  • Perform a safe, self-rescue in different water situations.

The children will be assessed in the water at different stages throughout the year and data will also be received and reported on our website.


Of the current Year 6 cohort:

  • 73.33% (22 out of 30 children) can swim competently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • 86.66% (26 out of 30 children) can swim 10m front crawl.
  • 80% (24 out of 30 children) can swim 10m backstroke.
  • 73.33% (22 out of 30 children) can swim 25m front crawl.
  • 76.66% (23 out of 30 children) can swim 25m backstroke.
  • 96.66% can perform a safe self-rescue.


Update from after sessions with Pools for Schools from Pro Sport:

86.20% (25 out of 29 children) can swim competently over a distance of at least 25 metres.


Further improvement and development:

In the Spring Term, we will have ‘Pools for Schools’ in school leading a two-week swimming course which will include top-up sessions for children in Year 5 and Year 6 and introductory sessions for children  in Year 3 and Year 4.

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