Sports Funding

The Government continues to provide funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools for academic year 2020-2021. 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 and enhancing sporting opportunities for all of their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in school. Ofsted will monitor schools to ensure that this funding is being/will be used to raise standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the Primary Phase. Schools therefore have to ensure that they can identify the impact that the funding has made towards enhancing participation rates in PE and sport, encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and helping children reach the performance levels that they are capable of. Schools will have the freedom to choose how they wish to use their money, but it must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

Impact Statement:  Key achievements for 2019-20 Autumn and Spring (prior to Covid-19 lockdown) and 2020-21 Autumn term.

Pupils at Shocklach Oviatt Primary School participate in a wide range of PE provision and active playtimes led by highly trained and competent staff members and coaches who oversee sporting competitions and PE teaching throughout the school.  There has been a measurable increase in the range of sporting competitions and physical sports on offer to children and the school has enjoyed wider sporting success in the last year.  Higher numbers of ‘disadvantaged’ children participated in extracurricular sporting opportunities than in the same period 2018-19.

In 2019 the Netball team achieved 3rd place in the Broxton Federation inter-school Netball competition, losing only to much larger schools. 62% of y6 pupils attended the weekly netball club all year, an increase from 2018-19 where only 20% attended. Of the female pupils who moved up to Bishop Heber High School 80% of them continued to attend the Netball after school club in y7.

In 2020 the football competition was cancelled due to Covid-19, but we had several ‘friendly’ matches prior to this with 85% of boys in KS2 attending the club and 10% of girls, an increase from previous years.

In September 2020, with all inter-school competitions being held virtually, we held a socially distanced cross country tournament. 50% of pupils entered the cross country tournament.

We have invested in lunchtime squad training sessions led by a sports coach. Year 2-6 all attend squad training. We continue to offer netball and football after school clubs on a weekly basis and a wider and varied range of sports clubs were made available to all KS2 children on a weekly basis, including hockey, handball, table tennis, dodgeball.

Children participate daily in a mile a day initiative with many children choosing to add to their distance records during play and free times.  Children are allowed to use a ripstick at playtime, which has been very popular and there has been a marked difference with the balance, coordination and agility of pupils.

Pupils in FS and KS1 use the woodland classroom every morning. Pupils are very active in this environment.

‘Wheels Week’ was introduced in 2020. Children bring their choice of wheels to school, once a term. Bikes, scooters, ripsticks, hoverboards, go-karts and rollerskates. Children are all developing their fitness, balance and coordination during these weeks.


A full breakdown of 2020/2021 expenditure and assessed impact can be downloaded below plus more information on our plans for the 2020/2021 funding.

This year 2020-2021 we have a total of £16,410 Sports funding.