Sport Premium Funding

In March 2013, the government announced £150 million per year of additional funding for the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. This funding was solely for the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England. The Primary PE & Sport Premium is allocated directly to the primary school’s headteacher. In Autumn 2013, then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s worth of funding, for the 2015-16 academic year. A year after the initial announcement, then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for a further four years, until 2020.

In the 2016 budget, the Chancellor outlined that revenue from the soft drinks levy would be used to double the Primary School PE and Sport Premium, up to £320 million a year, from September 2017. Funding was also allocated to 25% of secondary schools.

Read more about the Premium on the Association for Physical Education website.

Government Guidance on the PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

The government have produced guidance on how much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive and how to spend it.

View the latest on the website.

How to use the PE and Sport Premium Funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. It should develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers and/or make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

This funding could be used to:

  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • run sport competitions
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

The funding has stipulations on how it may not be spent:

  • 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)

In order to stay accountable in the spending of the funding, there are two checks, one is through Ofsted inspection, the other, online reporting. Each school must annually publish via their website how they spend their PE and Sport Premium.

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