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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.  We 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, fitness 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 Sixth 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.


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. subject leader  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
  • Planning monitoring
  • Assessment framework
  • Progress files
  • Use of 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.

 Previous benefits from the PE Premium Grant

  •  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.  This has been successful and has continued to be delivered at this venue (funded by FORHS).
  • 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. These boxes are updated termly. 
  • Start up of a Bike Club and an annual bike week which led to achieving national accreditation for participation in the Big Pedal Challenge. A special grant award from Transport for London helped 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 has was continued since..

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 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.







Bike Club (weekly) and Bike Week 

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

Bike week was run again at the school and is very popular with pupils and staff alike.  Cycling has become an important part of physical development at the school. 

 £2,000 - bikes, helmets, instructors

IMPACT - 100% of pupils participated in another successful bike week. The pupils enjoyed a range of cycle based activities and experienced riding a large range of inclusive bikes. Parents were invited in to ride bikes with their children and feedback has been extremely positive. This continues to be a very popular event with pupils, staff and parents.

SUSTAINABILITY -  The school has invested in a range of different ability bikes, cycle helmets and a large storage unit so to expand its capacity to offer our pupils a wide range of accessible cycling  equipment. This equipment will be available to children during bike clubs and lunchtime bike riding sessions. Parents continue to explore avenues in which to cycle with their children.




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 - cover for PE coordinator

IMPACT - All of the 36 children in phase 3 regularly participated in running/walking around the perimeter of the large playground/ field as part of their daily Active 10 sessions. Some of our children requested to increase the amount of time allocated so they could do more. All of the children showed a vast improvement in the distance they could complete in the time given.

SUSTAINIBILTY - All phase 3 classes for next year intend to continue this activity and are looking at completing a daily kilometre. The school is still exploring the possibility of creating a track around the perimeter of the playground/field area. The PE Coordinator delivered a presentation at the SI service meeting in October 2017. We are beginning to extend this to children year 2 and up. 

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. 

£1900 - pool hire, instructor hire and flotation aids.

IMPACT - More children have benefited from having the opportunity to have swimming lessons. 29 of the 36 children who attended swimming sessions at Waltham Abbey made significant progress whilst others made progress with their water confidence. The swimming instructors worked well alongside the ASA trained school swimming leader to engage all pupils.

SUSTAINABILTY - The school will continue to use this venue although a new swimming pool is being built which will replace this venue in November.

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.

Enfield PE team buy back


£3300 - LBE PE training, cover for training on 28/09/17, 20/10/17, 02/11/17

IMPACT - A member of the Enfield PE team worked with 2 new teachers in planning and delivering lessons to children with Autism. Staff attended meetings at special schools PE meetings.

SUSTAINABILITY - Skills learnt by the teacher and class teams during the training process will be used in future lessons with different pupils. This will be assessed through improved teaching and learning observations in PE.

Lunchtime games

To develop sport/fitness during lunchtimes

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

Develop the choice of activities on offer at lunchtimes by purchasing new equipment and replacing broken existing equipment.

 £410 - cover for lunchtime development, new equipment.

IMPACT - PE Coordinator was delegated some responsibility to jointly plan lunchtime development with the lunchtime coordinator. They were able to update the lunchtime games system. Pupils have access to a wider range of equipment and have been introduced to new skills.  The appointment of additional lunchtime supervisors would have been completed through the appointment of a PE apprentice through the apprentice scheme (see next column).

SUSTAINABLITY - Pupils will have greater access to a range of skill based activities which will have an impact in other areas of the curriculum. Class based staff and lunchtime supervisors will work closely to include all children and encourage them to not only develop their own fitness but to assist and encourage others.



PE Apprentice


To appoint a PE apprentice 

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


£0 - Initially voluntary

 IMPACT - A PE apprentice was appointed through "First Steps" and they begun training alongside skilled staff to facilitate greater access to extra-curricular sport. Unfortunately they were not able to maintain the position

SUSTAINABILITY - We gained clarification about what essential qualities are needed for this role. We are interested in fulfilling this role in the future and hope to explore links with Middlesex University.

Participation in Inter-school competitions and festivals To enable pupils to participate in sporting events outside of school. Release PE Coordinator to assist in Inter class competitions. A minibus was hired on several occasions to transport pupils to and from events. Specialist equipment (Boccia) was also purchased for engagement in parasports. £600

IMPACT - Pupils from 5 classes benefited from accessing competitions and festivals. They experienced competing against other schools in a range of settings including attending a SEN Football festival at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground. Their skills increased with the availability of extra sets of specialist equipment. SUSTAINABILITY - Pupils have more equipment available to use in PE sessions. They have experienced competing in a range of sports against different schools and will be able to transfer and build upon these experiences in future events.

Development of PE equipment & Extra Curricular activities

To replace and supplement current PE equipment.

To develop pupils hand eye coordination

Equipment was bought to help pupils access particular extra curricular activities. Equipment was also purchased to replace broken items and improve accessibility for pupils.

A specialist coach has been working with 3 classes to improve ball related skills.








IMPACT - 3 classes have made progress in tennis related activities. some Pupil's attention to the activities delivered by the tennis coach grew over the course of the weekly sessions and this was reported to have had an impact on other areas of PE.

SUSTAINABILITY - Develop a new programme to assess Tennis skills and skill progression for class teachers.



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 children. 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 develop pupils' fitness levels through athletics & 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




Photographs of the 'Twist' competition

Photographs of our Sport Relief Triathlon

World Cup morning photographs