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 and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sport Premium.
This funding 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 then 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 then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.
- On 17th July 2017 the DfE confirmed the doubling of the Primary PE & Sport Premium.
- On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.
- On 25th October 2018, the Department for Education unveiled its updated guidance on the effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding for 2018/19.
The updated guidance includes:
- Change in reporting date (schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2019)
- Clarification on role of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to support school swimming
- Importance of ensuring the funding is utilised in a sustainable manner (review/plan/implement)
- Funding allocation and payment dates
Using your PSSP funding
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that schools should use the premium to:
- Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Evidencing the Impact – Accountability
Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
Schools should publish:-
- the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received
- a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
- what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
- how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
- Schools should also consider how their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle
- swimming data
The Department for Education has stipulated that schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2019.
The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly updated, to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.
Click HERE to download a PDF copy of the template.
Click HERE to download a Word copy of the template.