What is Sports Premium Funding?
In 2013 the Government provided an additional £150 million to schools per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to primary school head teachers. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools. Bracken Edge Primary School receives approximately £9,800 per year.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have 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.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new and additional 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 sports 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.
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
Since September 2013, schools are held to account for how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted strengthened the coverage of PE and sport within the Inspectors’ handbook and guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed as part of the school’s overall provision.
Schools are 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.