The Government has spent over £450 million on improving physical education and sport in primary schools over the last 3 academic years. The aim of the funding is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools and is provided jointly by various governmental departments including Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport. Funding for schools is calculated by the number of children in years 1 to 6. Last year all schools with seventeen or more primary-aged pupils received a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. However, this year this has doubled and Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. Schools are free to pool resources to ensure the greatest impact. The Sports premium is ‘ring fenced’ which means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport within the school and must be used to increase the breadth of PE and sports provision and increase participation in PE and sport generally.
From September 2013 schools have been held to account for how they spend their additional ‘ring fenced’ funding. Ofsted have strengthened the coverage of PE and Sport within the Inspectors handbook and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sports and PE will be assessed as part of the school’s overall provision.
Schools are required to include details of the provision of PE on their website alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.
At Tymberwood Academy we are working hard to increase sporting provision generally and the range of PE opportunities available to our children. We welcome the continuation of the additional funding which allows us to further enhance our provision for developing healthy and active lifestyles and provide additional opportunities for increased participation in sport.