Following Team GB's outstanding achievements at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, the government is providing additional funding of £150 million 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 each primary school. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Funding for the PE and sport premium
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. It is determined how many pupils are in our school to attract the funding using data from the January 2017 school census.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per pupil.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.
From September 2013, schools have been held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted have strengthened the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors’ handbook' and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
Schools are also 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.
Following our most recent OFSTED inspection in May 2016, the inspectors stated that 'Leaders make sure that the sport premium funding is used well and that its impact is monitored. The funding has been used to increase pupils’ participation in sport and competitions. Teachers have received training from sports coaches which has led them to develop the confidence to teach physical education themselves.'
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