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PE and Sport Premium Grant   


Physical Education forms a very important part of the total education of the child who has a diagnosis of autism.  In addition to the obvious benefits in terms of healthy activity and well-being,  it is also important to consider the opportunities for personal and social development . These include:

  • promoting the growth and development of each child
  • helping to establish self-esteem through the development of physical confidence
  • helping children learn to understand and accept their physical abilities and         limitations
  • encouraging personal qualities of perseverance, commitment, fairness and enthusiasm through physical activity
  • developing body and self-awareness
  • providing opportunities for joint attention and social interaction experiences
  • developing an awareness of using equipment safely

In addition to this all children are encouraged to participate in any physical activities offered during the lunch break and are provided with opportunities for exploratory/improvised games and physical activity using the garden apparatus.  Ww have a system of lunchtime activities to further engage the children.

All children in Years 5 and 6 have swimming sessions based on improving water confidence and/or their ability to swim.  

In all Physical Education lessons:-

  • safety regulations are observed and strictly adhered to
  • children are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and fitness
  • children are encouraged to plan, perform and evaluate (where appropriate)
  • children are given opportunities to work individually, in pairs and in groups and teams
  • children and adults are dressed appropriately according to task 
  • there is a focus on the benefits of physical activity in relation to health 
  • links to other curriculum areas are maximised if appropriate
  • children are given opportunities to move and store equipment in a safe manner

For the FOURTH consecutive year, we have been awarded the Sainsbury's School Games GOLD Award. In recognition of our commitment to developing school games and physical activities Russet House School is cited as a case study of excellence on the Youth Trust website.

In 2015 and 2016 we won the London, Regional and National Big Pedal Challenge Competition.

We have currently reached Stage 1 of a bid to the London Marathon Trust to create a running/ cycle track around the perimeter of our main playground.


Assessment is ongoing and informs future planning for individual progress and class activities.  Individual progress files will be used to collect examples of work and levels.  Where appropriate, children should be made aware of individual learning targets and given opportunities to self and peer assess.  All work will be assessed in line with the Assessment Policy.


Monitoring the P.E. curriculum is the responsibility of the P.E. Coordinator to ensure the topics and learning objectives are challenging, relevant and appropriate for our pupils with Autism.  He/she will monitor and evaluate:

  • The teaching and learning of P.E. through class observations
  • Long and medium term planning
  • Daily plans
  • Foundation Stage/P scale levels/Attainment linked to the National Curriculum  
  • Progress files
  • Available equipment and resources

 Sports Premium Funding 

Sports Premium funding is provided in addition to existing school budgets and is to be used solely to help primary schools improve the quality of the physical education, physical activity and sport that they offer their pupils.

Funding can be used for the following:

  • additional instruction and coaching
  • develop professional training for staff
  • to develop and promote a healthy, active lifestyle for pupils
  • use PE as a tool for whole school improvement
  • offer all pupils a range of challenging and inclusive physical experiences
  • provide competitive opportunities for all pupils
  • funding can also be directed to support pupils in developing their independence and social skills through PE and sport.

 Completed and short term activities

  • A new initiative of an outdoor adventurous activity session for the older pupils took place in the summer of 2014 – activities included trampolining, toboggan run, climbing wall and camping. Photographs of this initiative can be seen here.
  • Funding was used to pilot alternative horse-riding provision at a local centre who were developing their facilities for those with special needs. Photographs of this activity can be seen here. This has been successful and has continued to be delivered at this venue.
  • Uniform PE kit was purchased to be worn when visiting outside events and activities. This provides a sense of identity and pride, and ensures that all children are able to wear appropriate clothing for the particular activity.  
  • Coaching is being provided in partnership with Russet House School for tennis sessions which also provides additional training for staff alongside the targeted PE sessions for the pupils.
  • A budget has been set aside for the purchase of new and time-expired equipment and this is used as necessary.
  • A tablet has been purchased for PE use – this is used to record and monitor activities and to assess and evaluate pupil progress.
  • We have a dedicated teacher responsible for developing lunchtime activities and learning through play.  This includes working more closely with lunchtime supervisors to develop more structured games and activities at lunchtimes. Additional equipment and storage has been purchased.  Boxes of equipment are themed to ensure that there is easy access.
  • Following the success of the Bike Club and achieving national accreditation for participation in the Big Pedal Challenge, the School have been awarded a special grant award from Transport for London.  This has supplemented funds raised through recent fundraising initiative to purchase a range of bikes for playground and Bike Club use.
  • A pilot scheme during the Summer Holidays saw the main playground being opened up for families to use one day per week.  This was very successful and is being continued for the summer holidays 2016 & 2017.
  • Our school meal providers (Enfield Borough Catering) attended the Open Day in October 2015 and carried out a bread workshop for parents during Bread Week 2017.  These activities provide opportunities for parents to sample healthy school meals and information was available in relation to providing healthy packed lunches.  Feedback from parents was very positive.

Under consideration for the future

  • We are currently exploring more extensive use of local facilities and venues, such as table-tennis clubs, climbing walls, local dance groups and trampolining. This will not only create additional links with the local community, but can be a cost-effective way to access the very best local facilities. We have already identified and successfully changed swimming venues which has been extremely cost effective and paved the way for our children to have swimming sessions for a longer period of the year.
  • We are exploring opportunities for greater involvement in local sporting events as spectators, such as football, athletics, white water rafting, school events etc. This continues to be challenging as most events will need an extended school day or take place after school hours.

2017-18 proposals - under development

Bike Week

To deliver a whole school themed event engaging with pupils and parents

Bike week has now become an annual event at the school and is very popular with pupils and staff alike.  This will continue and will be funded through the PE Premium Grant



To develop pupils' fitness levels through athletics and promote a health lifestyle.

Russet Runners is now a great success and will be continued indefinitely.




£200 p/a

Increased use of external providers and venues

To deliver swimming sessions at a sporting venue.

Swimming sessions at Waltham Abbey have been very successful and will continue as an 'extra' session, funded by the PE Premium Grant. 


Identify suitable PE training for teachers and teaching assistants.

Attendance at external training sessions.

Enfield PE Team training internally. 


Cover has been provided to release the PE coordinator to attend training. Further training under development.


Not yet known.

Under consideration.

Additional lunchtime supervisors

To increase number of lunchtime 


To appoint additional lunchtime supervisors to assist with activities and clubs.


PE Apprentice

To appoint a PE apprentice 

With Governors agreement, we have been actively trying to recruit a PE apprentice throughout the Autumn Term, but cannot currently identify someone with the skills and interest required for a special school placement. We will continue to advertise.





Bike Week

To deliver a whole school themed event engaging with pupils and parents

Another successful Bike Week incorporating activities delivered alongside Cycle Enfield, Enfield Road Safety Team & Cyclone works. The children had access to a range of fun themed bikes and there was a good level of parental engagement at a parents' cycling workshop and opportunities to cycle with their child. There was fantastic  participation from all pupils.


Impact - All pupils had access to all activities & sessions throughout the week, with all classes having a daily programme of cycling related activities. Some of the pupils built on previous skills learnt from previous bike related sessions and from "Bike Club". Feedback from parents, staff and pupils was once again extremely positive. Parents were involved in a cycling workshop aimed at promoting the benefits of cycling. The school received local press coverage for the event.


Sustainability - Another engaging and positive experience for our pupils. The school are developing its storage capacity to expand the space available for our currant bike related equipment and for future additions. Parents continue to enquire and explore avenues to engage in cycling with their pupils. The school is looking into developing a cycle path in the grounds at the front of the school in conjunction with developing a cycling proficiency course for our pupils.



To develope pupils' fitness levels through atheltics & promote a healthy active lifestyle

Three classes started regularly running around the perimeter of the school field and began building up an accumulative distance. This has been developed over the course of the year to include certificates and medals for achieving set distances. 

Impact - Since Christmas, six classes now regularly run around the playground. Most of the children have accumulated a distance of a marathon. The children are also more active at playtimes. Some of the children have also learnt why running is good for them.

Sustainability - These running sessions have been accessed through the class' active 10 sessions. The school is currently fundraising to build a track round the outside perimeter of the playground. It is also investigating extra curricular provision for a school athletics club.

The School's PE Coordinator made a presentation to other schools in the Local Authority in October 2017

£200 p/a

Increased use of external providers and venues

To deliver swimming sessions at a new sporting venue.

Swimming sessions were switched to Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre. Two classes had a year long period of swimming lessons under the direction of ASA swimming instructors.

IMPACT - A more cost effective venue providing a very friendly atmosphere. All pupils involved made some progress with five pupils now able to swim a width independently.

Sustainability - The school will continue to use this venue as it is excellent value for money which allows for more classes to access swimming lessons for longer periods of time. 


Identify suitable PE training for teachers and teaching assistants.

Attendance at external training sessions.

Enfield PE Team training internally. 

Training sessions and qualifications were gained under an ASA training programme.

Attendance at special schools PE meetings.

A member of the Enfield PE team has worked with two of our teachers in planning and delivering lessons to children with autism.


Impact - All pupils swimming at Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre have benefited from having a staff member trained as an ASA level 1 swimming assistant. The swimming instructors provided by the leisure centre have also benefited from having support from someone with knowledge of both swimming and autism. The PE co-ordinator has shared and put into practise knowledge learnt at meetings, particularly in parasports. Class based staff have benefited from the expertise of a member of the Enfield PE team.

Sustainability - Pupils, staff and instructors will continue to benefit from ASA trained staff member.

The school is now part of a local parasport league for Boccia and is looking into how to engage our pupils in new parasports.

The skills learnt from the training received by the class based staff will be put into practise with future classes.

Not yet known.

Under consideration.

Purchase of new equipment To increase number of activities available for lunchtime games, increase bike equipment & introduce Sports' Leaders t-shirts.

A new set of activities for each day of the week has been bought for lunchtime games to develop new and existing skills.

Extra small & large cycle helmets have been purchased to provide safety during cycling sessions.

A set of Sports' Leaders t-shirts with the school emblem have been purchased to identify those pupils helping and officiating in events.


IMPACT - All pupils have access to a wider selection set of skill building activities.

All pupils who are cycling two wheeled bikes must wear a cycling helmet and they are taught the importance of safety.

The older pupils that are able to assist in basic games are provided with Sports' leader t-shirts and are recognised for their assistance.


Sustainability - Lunchtime games will have a wider selection of activities to offer the pupils. Extra storage will soon be available and the school will look into additional activities.

Pupils will have the correct equipment in which to engage & support in activities.


Greater spectator participation in sporting events

To be confirmed

Ticket prices, staff support, transport








Working with tennis coach.

For pupils to develop ball skills and hand/eye coordination

One class per term visiting local leisure centre (21 children per year)

£300 per term



Impact: The coach's knowledge and experience has helped children develop their skills and confidence, and has helped them to understand how to work with a partner.  The pupils' level of skill has been seen to have improved, particularly their hand/eye coordination and awareness of the rules of the game. Staff have benefited from working in partnership with an experienced coach.  The pupils have also experienced visiting a local sports venue, and the being out in the local community, including road safety.

Sustainability; Develop programme to measure skill progression in pupils more accurately.

To further develop confidence and competence for school staff who support the pupils in tennis lessons. 

Introduction of structured lunchtime activities To increase the level of physical pupil engagement during lunchtimes Purchase of equipment, storage and delivered staff training

£1000 equipment



Impact - Four structured activities are being provided every lunchtime delivered by Supervisory Assistants. 100% of pupils continue to participate and are encouraged to do so regularly. Not only has this directly benefited the pupils' level of physical activity, this has also helped to improve behaviour, social interaction and communication.

As a result of bespoke staff training, the Lunchtime Assistants are engaging directly with the pupils as needed and are more confident in doing so.

Sustainability - increasing the number of activities available to the children over the course of the year.

To develop a new initiative to identify older pupils to become 'sports leaders' who would also support their peers to engage in these physical activities.

To continue to deliver 'refresher' staff training to build on existing skills and to develop these further. 

Purchase of new equipment and replacement of time-expired equipment

To ensure that all equipment is suitable, sufficient and safe for the needs of our pupils.

All activities are resourced appropriately.


Purchase of uniform t-shirts for staff and pupils for use when attending sporting events outside of school. 









Impact - all pupils have benefited from having adequate resources. Teachers are able to plan a wide range of suitable activities that will enable pupils to maximise their level of participation. Medals and trophies were purchased and awarded to acknowledge participation and achievement. 

T-shirts have given the pupils a sense of identify and being part of a team.

Sustainability - it is important to ensure that there are always sufficient resources to meet the learning needs of our pupils. 

T-shirts are returned after use and laundered in school so are used by others. Additional sizes will be ordered.

Healthy Living Week

To deliver a school-wide themed event to promote and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle



Parents and pupils were engaged throughout the week in a number of activities that encouraged a healthy lifestyle, including a health diet and exercise.  This included cookery demonstrations, making healthy snacks etc and various physical activities.

Impact: 100% of pupils participated throughout the week in a variety of activities. Parents attended various sessions and activities with their children.   Increase focus on healthy eating at snack time. 

Sustainability :  An increase n the provision of fresh fruit and vegetables for snack and Food Technology lessons has resulted in increased costs.  

Consideration is being given to the format of a future Healthy Living week to include the concept of 'farm to fork' and how this event can be assimilated into other curriculum areas.



Bike Club

Weekly bike club to teach, encourage and promote of cycling skills.

Purchase equipment (helmets, bikes etc.,) to ensure that Bike Club can continue safely with age-appropriate equipment.  Release of staff time.


21 pupils participated during 15/16, and by the end of the year 19 of these were riding confidently  and were able to answer basic road safety questions.


Bike Club has been a very successful initiative and our pupils benefit on a number of levels. The equipment has been purchased and now only needs replacing and repairing as required.  Storage is an issue.

We are exploring opportunities with the Cycle Enfield Team at the Local Authority to develop a bespoke Cycling Proficiency programme suitable for the needs of our pupils and their families.


Big Pedal Challenge and Bike Week

To deliver a school-wide themed bike event to promote and encourage cycling as part of an active lifestyle and how to develop the skills needed.


Whole school participation in a programme of week-long activities including:

  • Sponsored events with parents and children
  • Themed fun bikes (bubbles, balloon-blowing, paint spinning, ball shooting)
  • Road Safety sessions
  • Daily cycling sessions with a range of different bikes and scooters
  • Cycle Enfield advisory sessions for parents
  • Themed art morning
  • Smoothie-making bike



Every pupil had access to all activities and sessions throughout the week.  Each class had a daily programme of cycling-related activities.  A number of specialised bikes were borrowed from another SEN school to provide access for all abilities.   Feedback from children, staff and parents  was extremely positive.

The School won first prize regionally and nationally for participating in the Big Pedal Challenge and this received local press coverage and support from Enfield Councillors.



Pupils found the experience very positive and continue to be engaged in cycling and scooter activities. Parents found the advisory sessions very beneficial and have further explored opportunities for cycling with their children.

The event established a link between the school and the Cycle Enfield Team, which will be further developed to explore possibilities for developing a bespoke Cycling Proficiency Course for our pupils

Our intention is to continue this as an annual event.



Staff training/ cover

Attendance at external training sessions and PE events.

Release of staff to attend PE-specific training sessions and leading at inter-school events off-site.  Includes the provision of cover to facilitate the release of staff.


All pupils benefit from having fully-trained staff and are able to attend events outside of school supported by skilled and experienced staff. 


Staff attending the training sessions are then able to share outcomes with other staff through practical sessions and staff meetings.  Pupils will continue to benefit from attending external events.  

 Folk Festival Seasonal Expressive Arts event for all children.

Folk-dancing sessions with a seasonal theme (Christmas) in collaboration with the Enfield Sports Team.  All children participated in cross-curricular themed dance activities with live music from a folk band.


All children participated in all activities and benefited from having the opportunity to learn different traditional dances from a dance specialist. The Folk Band are very responsive to the needs of our children who in turn benefit from the sensory experience of hearing live music.


This whole day activity provides excellent value for money which is thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and staff.

Staff are inspired by these sessions and can therefore use in planning for future PE/Dance activities.



Photographs of the 'Twist' competition

Photographs of our Sport Relief Triathlon

World Cup morning photographs