Confirmation of PE and Sports Premium funding – Friday 10 July 2020

This week I report on confirmation of PE and Sports Premium funding for next academic year, publication of guidance for teaching maths at KS1 and 2 and a checklist to support the re-engagement of pupils in terms of behaviour next academic year.

PE and Sports Premium funding confirmation
The DfE has confirmed that PE and Sports Premium funding will continue next academic year. It has published guidance to help schools in light of Covid-19, advising that the online reporting deadline of 31 July is still in place and swimming and water safety attainment should be entered into the online report with a note to clarify the proportion of the year group that this relates to and any other limitations of the data.

As a result of Covid-19 schools are allowed to carry forward under-spends and their published online report should set out the amount being carried forward and give brief reasons for this under-spend. Any under-spends carried forward will need to be spent in full by 31 March 2021 and schools should factor this into spending plans for their 2020 to 2021 PE and sport premium allocation.

Publication of guidance for teaching maths at KS1 and 2
Non statutory guidance for teaching mathematics at key stages 1 and 2 to help pupils progress through the national curriculum was published this week by the DfE. The guidance aims to:

  • bring greater coherence to the national curriculum by exposing core concepts in
    the national curriculum and demonstrating progression from year 1 to year 6;
  • summarise the most important knowledge and understanding within each year
    group and important connections between these mathematical topics.

It can be used to support long-term, medium-term and short-term planning and assessment. As well as supporting transition conversations between teachers of adjacent year groups, so that class teachers understand what pupils have been taught in the previous year group, how they have been taught it, and how effectively pupils have understood and remembered it.

Checklist to support full opening: behaviour and attendance
The DfE has published a checklist to assist school leaders and staff in preparing to welcome back all pupils full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. It’s a tool for schools to support the re-engagement of pupils and the return to orderly and calm environments in which all pupils can achieve and thrive.