The government is spending over £450 million on this funding over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 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 – has been allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that you should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
Schools have been given the freedom to choose how they use their allocation of funding however the DFE have suggested the possible uses;
- 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
Allocations are calculated on the basis that eligible schools with:
17 or more pupils aged 5-11 years (Jan 2014 census) receive £8,000, plus £5 per eligible pupil; and
16 or fewer pupils aged 5-11 years (Jan 2014 census) receive £500 per eligible pupil.
The grant provides funding which is in addition to the basic school budget.