Primary Sports Funding
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.
Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years.
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 & Sport Premium until 2020.
On the 17th July 2015 the Department for Education announced that 2015/16 funding will remain at the same level as last year.
Purpose of funding:
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
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.
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.
We would expect indicators of such improvement to 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
At Wellington Primary School, we recognise the significant contribution of PE to the health and well-being of all children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
Use of the funding at Wellington Primary School
At Wellington Primary School the money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in additional staffing and resources to further enhance the PE curriculum.
Click on the following link to view a breakdown of how the sports funding is being spent at Wellington Primary School:
Impact of the funding at Wellington Primary School
The impact of the funding on PE and sport at Wellington Primary School has been extremely positive in the 2015/2016 academic year.
The evidence for this is as follows:
- Observations of PE lessons were graded as good or better.
- Quality of planning, resources and curriculum have all improved.
- Pupil progress and outcomes have significantly improved.
- There has been a significant increase in the number of high quality extra-curricular sports clubs provided to pupils.
- There has been an increase in the number of inter and intra-school competitions.
- Many of these clubs have led to sporting success through participation in inter-school competitions.
- The raised status of PE and sport has had a huge impact on the school house system and children’s sense of belonging.
At Wellington Primary, we are committed to further improving our sports provision and as such, will be continuing to monitor the impact this funding has in our school very closely during the 2016/2017 academic year.