How will you exercise your grant?

UK primary schools were delighted to find out that a new Government scheme is granting them thousands of pounds to pay for sport and specialist PE lessons.

The scheme sees £150 million per year spent on primary school sports around the country with individual schools receiving about £8,000.

The funding goes directly to head teachers of the school, about £8 – £9,000 for an average sized school, and they get to decide how the money will improve PE lessons.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport.”

“I want to ensure the games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.”

But how should schools spend the money? Some commentators think the money should be focused on giving children a wider range of physical activities in their lessons so they can find one suited to their abilities.

One way to do this is to include activities such as dance in PE lessons, which only requires a small investment of school staging. Some UK schools already do this, but ministers say it is important that more consider putting the money into areas like this.

Andy Reed, chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the umbrella organisation for the sport’s governing and representative bodies in the UK, said: “Ministers should encourage heads to embrace the wide variety of physical activity on offer to them so that every child can find something that they like.”

Stephen Huckle runs Unistage, which has been providing staging to UK schools for many years, says that investing in staging can really help children to get children moving who may not be interested in other sports.

He said: “Introducing new activities like dance is a great way to encourage some children to find their niche. Investing in modular staging is fantastic because it helps to create a more realistic environment as well as making the children feel more involved.

“But choosing to invest in school staging has the added benefit of it being perfect for other lessons and events too. For example, there’s nothing that encourages drama in schools more than modular staging.

“The modular design allows it to be rebuilt in as many different combinations as you like, so it can be used for anything from concerts to catwalks.”

Unistage make staging simple, designing and manufacturing high quality modular stage solutions, allow you to create the foundations for performances or events.