In March 2013 the Government announced that they would introduce a dedicated Primary PE and Sport Premium that would go directly to Primary School Head Teachers so that they could decide how best to use it to provide sporting activities for pupils.
The Government has since announced that they would be spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.
Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
- hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
- support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
- run sport competitions or increase pupils' participation in the School Games.
- run sports activities with other schools
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections have reported on PE and sport provision and on how schools spend their additional funding.
Schools are accountable and are required to publish by April 2014, on their websites, details of how they spend (or will spend) their PE and sport grant. They must also include detail about the impact this funding has on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment.
For details of how this funding has been spent and the impact it has had on school life please see the documents below.
The physical education and sport funding for schools has been used well. Working alongside the Youth Sports Trust, the school has received the silver award for its provision of sporting opportunities. A specialist teacher has delivered physical education lessons, and strengthened teachers’ expertise in delivering sports lessons. Pupils have been trained to assess their own progress in physical education tasks, accelerating their learning.