PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools
The Government is providing funding of approx. £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial ‘primary school sports funding’. The money will go directly to primary school Head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) at the annual school census in January.
All schools with 17 primary-aged pupils or more will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. The Government announced that this funding will increase for the academic year 17/18. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils will receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sports funding on improving their PE provision and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses include:
– Hiring Specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
– Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
– Providing cover to release PE teachers for Professional development in PE/Sport
– Running Sports competitions or increasing competition in school games
– Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
Schools will be held to account for how they spend their sports funding. Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE.
At Gotham Primary we see Physical Education as inclusive and an integral part of developing the ‘Whole Child’. Our vision for PE is to provide quality provision, increasing overall levels of enjoyment, fitness and participation. As a result, sport not only contributes to the physical development of pupils within our care but also makes a huge contribution to the pupils’ personal well-being and enjoyment of school.
At Gotham, in year 3, all children go swimming as part of the curriculum. This is funded from the school budget.