Since its introduction in March 2013, the Primary PE and Sport premium has been accessible to primary schools across England to enable them to improve the provision of physical education and sport. The initiative was created to provide £150 million per year, jointly funded by the Departments of Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). In July 2017 The Department of Education announced that the fund was to increase to £300 million as of September 2017. What does this mean for primary schools up and down the country?
Until now, all schools in England with 17 or more students between the ages of 5-11 have received a fund of £8,000, plus an additional £5 per student per year, schools with 16 or fewer students received £500 per pupil. The new increase in funding will see the premium each school receives double to £16,000, plus £10 per student for the larger schools and £1000 per student for the smaller ones.
Where has this extra funding come from?
Chancellor George Osborne announced in his 2016 budget that a new ‘sugar tax’ would be introduced across the UK and that revenue from this soft drinks industry levy would be used to increase the Primary PE and Sport premium from £150 million to £300 million per year.
How can the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding be used?
The Primary PE and Sport premium fund is ring-fenced, meaning it can only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport within primary schools.
As per guidelines published on the Gov.uk website, the following rules apply for use of the funding:
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that you 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
For example, you can use your funding 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 Change4Lifeclubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
You should not use your funding to:
- 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)
This vast increase in the amount of funding provided gives primary schools across the nation the ability to greatly improve their PE and sport facilities which in turn will give pupils greater opportunities to not only achieve greater things within sport but also help them lead healthy and active lives.
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