Primary School Sport Premium Funding
In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE & Sport Premium.
This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
On 6th February 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
The four objectives of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding are:
1. To improve the quality of existing PE teaching through continuing professional learning in PE for generalists, so that all primary pupils improve their health, skills and physical literacy, and have broader exposure to a range of sports
2. To increase participation levels in competitive sport and healthy activity of pupils, and maintain these into adolescence
3. To increase the quality of initial teacher training in PE and sport, and to promote PE specialisation in primary level workforce
4. Schools understand and value the benefits of high quality PE and sport, including its use as a tool for whole school improvement
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose they do this.
Uses for the funding might include:
• Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
• Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
• Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
• Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
• Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
• Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
• Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
You should not use your funding to:
• employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets
• teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
Click HERE to download the YST AfPE guidance document ‘Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding’.
Click HERE to download the Governors presentation ‘Maximising the Sport Premium Funding’.
Amount of funding per school
All schools will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil for 2013/14 and 2014/15. This will be a Dept. for Education grant, included in the additional grant for schools (AGS) distributed via the Local Authority.
Schools will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding. Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE within the Inspectors’ Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision offered.
Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day. This information must be published by 4th April 2016.