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Covid-19 and school funding: 7 top tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium

Advice Schools covidBeing physically active was one of the four reasons that people were allowed to leave their homes during the Covid-19 lockdown. With schools now re-opened and children settled back into learning, it’s even more important than ever to instil good behaviours, to be active throughout the day and to ensure that the Primary PE and Sport Premium is spent in an effective and impactful way to ensure sustainability of this investment.

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Virtual Senior Games a Huge success!

SVGCongratulations to our partners at Swindon Sports Forum who ran a fantastic Older People's Olympics in October 2020!  More than 50 residents from 6 Swindon care homes took part in the Virtual Senior Games, competing in a range of activites including tin can alley, target throwing, foam javelin and golf putting. 

Each home received an activity pack of equipment and instructions to enable them to participate.  To make the event complete, there was a torch relay and medals were awarded at the end of the day. 

As spokesperson from Swindon Sports Forum said:

"As well as testing residents' skills, the games offered a chance to have a little bit of fun during these challenging times".

We can't wait to see what 2021 will bring!

Read more about the event here and here.

Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2020/21

primary premiumIt is important that your grant is used effectively and based on school need. The Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted 2019 p64) makes clear there will be a focus on ‘whether leaders and those responsible for governors all understand their respective roles and perform these in a way that enhances the effectiveness of the school’.

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School Swimming and COVID-19

The DfE and Sport England are aware that many schools did not deliver on their swimming provision last year due to Covid. It is also understood that Schools are citing concerns over whether it is safe to do so, given the close nature of swimming teaching, especially non-swimmers.

In response to these concerns, the advice is that Schools are able to resume swimming lessons where they can do so in line with guidance. The DfE guidance for the Wider Opening of Schools sets out that schools should follow the returning to pools guidance document which has been developed by Swim England in cooperation with industry partners, including local authorities, leisure operators, the Department for Education and the Association for Physical Education. This document aims to support schools, swim schools and operators with the return of National Curriculum School Swimming and Water Safety following the period of closure and provides guidance on reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission within the swimming pool environment. 

Full details can be found here 


Tackling Inequalities Funding

The Tackling Inequalities Fund forms part of Sport England's £210 million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.  Based on early insight from a recent survey, it quickly become clear that certain groups of people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.In response, the Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and help reduce the negative impact on activity levels in these under-represented groups, with a specific focus on:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions.

This £20m fund of National Lottery money enables community groups working with these audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities, with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages. WASP have helped groups in Wiltshire and Swindon apply for funding and the successful projects can be seen on the map below:

See below for a list of the organisations we have supported in applying for funding:

  • Men’s Mental Health Swindon
  • God Unlimited Outdoor Therapy
  • Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living
  • Swindon Downs Syndrome Group
  • Age UK Wiltshire
  • Parkinson’s Swindon Branch
  • Wiltshire Service Users’ Network
  • Inner Flame
  • Harbour Trust
  • St Mary’s Church Swindon
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Pinehurst Shine
  • 21st Century Legacy
  • Central Swindon North Parish Council
  • Amber Foundation
  • Youth Adventure Trust
  • Swindon Sports Forum
  • Tedworth Equestrian
  • Salisbury Rovers
  • Wiltshire Service Users’ Network (2)
  • Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Salvation Army
  • Central Swindon North PC

Skipping Videos - Secondary Schools

Please watch these videos with a welcome message and basic instructions on how to skip:


There are 5 challenges for Secondary School children to have a go at.  Please click on the buttons below to see the instructional videos for each one:

single bounce  Double bounce  running  slalom  speed  return to main skipping menu 


Here is a short 'well done' video to share with the participants at the end of the challenges:

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