PE and Sport grant

Purpose of the grant

In 2014 the government announced that it was providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles. To find out more about the grant you can read more on the DfE website here:

Funding for 2016 to 2017​

Allocations are calculated on the basis that eligible schools with:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per pupil.
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.​

The grant must be made available irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share. PE and Sport Grant is not part of the schools’ budget shares and is not part of the individual Schools Budget. It is not to be counted for the purpose of calculating the Minimum Funding Guarantee.

John Ball’s Allocation for 16/17

Eligible pupils: 535

PE and Sport Grant 2013/2014: £10,055

An overview of how John Ball is using the grant to improve PE and sport provision 2016/2017

Overall approaches to effective practice

  • John Ball employs a specialist PE coach to deliver high quality school curriculum PE
  • A qualified teacher also delivers Dance and PE

 Creating sustainable provision

  • Funding is supporting the professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • The PE leader is currently writing a scheme of work to support the delivery of Games in line with the School Games competition calendar.
  • This year 90 children are involved in Lewisham NHS project ‘Fit for Life’, an increase this year of 30 children.

Emphasis on inter-school/ intra-school competition

  • We have joined our local schools in an Association to support the School Games Programme. The Association provides Professional Development opportunities to improve the delivery of sport for both curricular and enrichment activities.
  • We provide regular opportunities for high quality inter school competitions (School games level 2) which can lead towards the London Youth Games (Level 3)
  • We provide release for teaching staff to take teams of children to the inter school competitions.
  • There is opportunity for intra-school competitions due to the consistency of the teaching through the specialist PE teachers.
  • The Specialist Sports Providers organise intra- competitions for KS1.
  • We hold an annual competitive and fully inclusive School Sports Day.
  • We are planning a ‘Schools and Community Fun Run’ event

Increasing girls’ participation

  • We have introduced a Girl’s Football club to try to increase the number of girls participating in school sports.
  • Glee Club and a cheerleading club has been introduced but open to both boys and girls.
  • The School Sports Organising Crew will carry out a pupil audit, focusing on increasing girls’ participation in enrichment clubs.


  • As part of a completely inclusive school, we provide opportunities for all children to participate in school sports eg Millwall football coaches are supporting Blind and VI pupils to play football
  • There are some after school / breakfast clubs which are subsidised for the children who may need interventions for health/ behaviour benefits.

Nurturing talent

  • There are various opportunities for children with exceptional sporting talent including talent identification screening.
  • We take part in tournaments with specialist clubs, outside of our local cluster events.
  • Children identified as having exceptional talent will be selected to represent the school in local festivals and competitions, with the opportunity of progressing to Level 3 competition at the London Youth Games.
  • There is a ‘Performance Pathway’ at John Ball. Some of the enrichment clubs have routes through to level 1 and 2 competitions.

Wider role of School Sport

  • Pupils in years 5 & 6 are encouraged to apply for the schools Young Leaders programme.
  • Pupils in year 6 are currently involved in establishing a Schools Sport Organising Crew.
  • We have an extensive extracurricular sports enrichment programme.
  • On top of the statutory 2 hours of high quality school Sports Provision, Year 5s also receive weekly Swimming lessons.
  • Parents and carers through a fortnightly school PE Newsletter.
  • Once established, the School Sports Organising Crew will engage with their peers through blogs, assemblies, posters and the PE notice board.

Use of volunteers

  • Volunteers run cycling lessons for the children which progresses to the Bikeability, ‘Cycling Proficiency’, programme in year 5.
  • Our volunteers begin helping in the EYFS, lending their expertise for the Forest School programme. We have residential trips for KS2 where parent volunteers accompany the children.
  • We utilise volunteers to enable us to take children to competitions and festivals

Outdoor Learning Experiences

  • The EYFS run Forest School which ‘encourages and inspires individuals through positive outdoor experiences’.
  • In Year 3, the children have the opportunity to have a ‘sleepover’ at the school. Making use of the outdoor facilities including out Forest School site.
  • In Year 4, the children have an introduction to residential trips by attedning an Outdoor Adventurous Learning Camping Centre.
  • In Year 5, the children build on the basic skills learned the previous year by spending 3 days on a residential trip.
  • By Year 6, the children should be competent enough to work much more independently, putting the skills they have learned into practice.

Healthy Schools Agenda

Cross-curricular Links

  • Through the IPC there are units such as Shaping Up and Fit for Life.These units explicitly link to our Healthy School Agenda.
  • The NHS research Project ‘Fitness for Life’ in now in Phase 2.
  • There are opportunities through the London Youth Games Cultural Festival initiative including; designing Logos to represent the core values of the school games and writing pledges.
  • We hope to use the new IPC unit ‘The World Cup’ this year to coincide with the World Cup this Summer in Brazil.
  • The John Ball ‘Glee Club’ have been to the ‘Perform’ section at the London Youth Games

Interaction with the local private sector

  • We have links with local secondary school Blackheath High.
  • We have engaged with businesses with a commitment to support schools in their local community.

Using mentors

  • We hope to roll out the ‘Fit for Life’ programme to different year groups.

Effective use of audits of practice

  • Conduct a pupil audit termly to assess the impact of the improved provision on attitudes and behaviour in / during sports.
  • Measure the number of children taking part in extracurricular sporting opportunities.
  • Keep records of the children who have participated in inter school competition
  • Ensure opportunities are available to children who have not participated in the past.
  • School Sports Organising Crew to audit peers to establish pupil views of PE and school sports and way to improve provision.

This is a working document and may be subject to additions and revisions.

Any further information contact PE Leader Anna Townsend

Please also see Physical Education page under the ‘Learning’ tab, and the weekly PE newsletters under the ‘News’ tab.