What is the Sports Premium?
In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and Sport in primary schools in England - The Primary PE & Sport Premium.
This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in schools.
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year's £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
On 6th February 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020, and this has now been extended into this academic year.
How is the funding to be spent?
The premium must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and Sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2017 to 2018 academic year to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.
The Vision behind the Sports Premium
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 Key Objective of the Funding
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and Sport in primary schools.
It is expected that this would include;
- 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
To find out how Elmley Castle CE First school has been using this funding, please click on the report below.