Primary Schools Championed in Regional Awards

By Suzy O'Shea on June 15, 2018 in Awards, News

Three primary schools from across the West Midlands have been recognised for the excellent work that they are doing using their Primary PE and Sport Premium funding through awards which are linked to national partners.  The awards recognise schools that have endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.

The six County Sports Partnerships from across the West Midlands held their own nomination process earlier this year to determine County level winners.  Each of these winners were then put forward to a regional panel which judged the nominations in each of the three categories.

The regional winners are:

Category:            Up Skilling Staff Award

Winner:               Abbey Infant and Junior Schools, Sandwell, Black Country

In partnership with a qualified physiotherapist employed as an LSP, the school wrote and piloted a new PE curriculum for EYFS. In order for the programme to be sustainable, it was key that the success/impact of the programme was not dependent upon the PE Lead/LSP to deliver the programme. Subsequently, both the PE Lead & LSP were timetabled in to deliver CPD to all staff working within EYFS. This included delivery at an INSET Day in September in addition to weekly and 1 to 1 support for staff across both Key stages.  Due to the success this CPD model has been implemented at another local school with different demographic of children (majority ethnic minority, PP, EAL) with great success.  Across both schools this has resulted in an increased profile of PE, in addition to improvement in staff attitudes. Pupils Motor Skills has increased dramatically since the introduction of the programme which has subsequently had a huge cross-curricular impact on pupils handwriting, engagement and attainment.

Category:            Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives           

Winner:               John of Rolleston Primary School, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire  

John of Rolleston Primary introduced active learning across the curriculum and across the school. The project started in the Autumn term by sending the English, Maths and PE lead on training (Active Maths and Active Literacy). PE Lead, Nicola Bourke, then ran a training session for all staff during an INSET. Staff were also given the opportunity to have a go at a variety of activities ranging across all key stages and curriculum areas. The enthusiasm of the PE lead during the session ensured all staff were on board with the project. All staff are now regularly including active learning into their lessons and it has become part of the school culture. Going forward the PE lead is keen to involve parents in an active learning workshop to understand the importance of reducing sedentary behaviours in their pupils.


Category:            Whole School Improvement

Winner:               Paget Primary School, Birmingham

Prior to September 2016 at Paget Primary School, children did not always have appropriate PE kit and would often not bring a kit at all.  School attendance was below national average and there were key children who displayed challenging behaviours and were becoming disengaged from learning.  Sports premium funding was used to provide various initiatives and programmes around sport and physical activity. In addition, PE was included in the whole school action plan and given greater credence in the school’s Curriculum Guarantee. A sports crew was formed along with a big push surrounding PE Kit.

The school established strong community and sporting links and has achieved Silver in the School Games Mark.

Thanks to Primary Premium Funding, the school is well resourced and now has a wide range of equipment that supports a wide range of interests and activities. The use of children as young leaders and sports leaders motivates younger pupils.

In June 2017 Ofsted said: “A parent described the playground at lunchtime as ‘an oasis of fun’, and inspectors wholeheartedly agree.

Chris Child, Energize STW Chief Executive, said; “supporting the effective use of the Primary School PE and Sport Premium is a key role Sport England have asked organisations like Energize to perform in their local area.  We have some tremendous schools that do incredible and important work using the premium but this year Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin schools were just pipped at the post in terms of a regional award.  We congratulate the winning schools from other areas of the West Midlands and hope that these awards further inspire schools to use the premium in a way that makes an Active Lifestyle a reality for more of their pupils in future.”

In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin the two winners were Grange Park Primary School, Telford in the Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives category and St Laurence’s Primary School, Ludlow in the Up Skilling Staff category.

Both entries can be seen in full on the Energize STW website. Please visit

For information on the support Energize can provide your primary school please visit


All three regional winners will be recognised at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards being held on the 6th December at the University of Birmingham Sport.



Notes to Editors

Energize STW is one of 43 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in England working to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Energize aims to: “improve lives and empower communities through the power of physical activity and sport”.


For more information visit or follow us on twitter @EnergizeCSP

How schools must use the PE and sport premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.  This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport


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