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General Info

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This has been doubled for academic year 2017/18. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

What is the Purpose of the Primary PE and Sport Premium?

The government's PE and school sport VISION supported by national partners:

All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following OBJECTIVE

To achieve self-sustaining improvement* in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

*It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (above) that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.

It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

Under the new Inspection Framework, Ofsted inspectors will assess how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.

Eligible schools

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium including:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Special schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • City technology colleges (CTCs)
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • General hospitals

The following types of school don't receive this funding:

  • Nursery schools
  • Studio schools
  • University technical colleges (UTCs)
  • Independent schools (except for non-maintained special schools, which do receive the funding.

Schools receive the PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

In cases where schools don't follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus a premium of £10 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £1,000 per pupil.

This link gives the breakdown of funding for the academic year 2017 to 2018, including conditions of the grant.

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium. You can find details of what inspectors look for in the 'Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015'. Read the section on 'effectiveness of leadership and management'.

Governing Matters

Governing Matters is published by the National Governors' Association (NGA) for its members. The NGA is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England.

This article provides a quick read guide for governors focussing on the questions they should be asking to ensure that the PE and Sport Premium is being used effectively at their school.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school's website.

A template and guidance document has been produced to help schools with this process and this can be found here.

Purpose of funding

How to use the PE and sport premium

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

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 Change4Life clubs
  • 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).

Accountability

Under the new Inspection Framework, Ofsted inspectors will assess how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.

Schools that receive the PE and Sport funding must publish details of how they spend this funding and the effect it has had on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment. This must include:

  • How much PE and sport premium funding you received for this academic year.
  • A full breakdown of how you've spent or will spend the funding this year.
  • The effect of the premium on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment.
  • How you will make sure these improvements are sustainable.

The Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) have collaboratively produced new guidance and a template to support schools in evidencing the impact of the Premium.

This can be downloaded by clicking below: