Since 2013, the government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
The Sports Premium is ring-fenced and can therefore only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding might include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE.
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional clubs.
- Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games.
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
- Purchasing resources or upgrading facilities to improve the quality of sports provision in schools.
From September 2013, schools will be held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. OFSTED will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within their ‘Inspectors’ Handbook’ guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.
Further information can be found at the Department for Education’s Sports Premium website here:
Our Aims at St Paul’s C of E Primary
PE and Sport is central to our school curriculum and we have used the funding allocated to support us in carrying out our core aims:
- To raise the profile of PE and Sport across the school.
- To engage all pupils in regular physical activity.
- To develop lifelong participation in healthy, active lifestyles.
- To enhance participation in competitive sport.
- To increase confidence, knowledge and skills of staff in teaching PE and Sport.
Funding, Evidence & Impact Reports
Sports Premium is funded in financial years, whereas school planning is based on academic years. It it is anticipated that a broadly similar grant will be allocated in the next few years therefore St Paul’s C of E anticipates funding of approximately £17,700.