The government provides additional funding to improve the 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 – must be spent on provision of PE and sport. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport and have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. At Appleton Wiske Community Primary School, our aims are to:
- instil a love of sport in our young people which they take with them into the next stage of their education
- support and engage the least active children in physical activities
- pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
- increase pupils’ participation in sports and physical activities
- encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles
- provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs
- improve resources to support the development of the PE
- pay for professionals to coach the children in our school
Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. 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 headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of Funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs