The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve 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.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census.
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. Possible uses for the funding might include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs.
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
- Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs.
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
From September 2013, schools have been held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding.
Schools are required to include details of their provision of PE and sport 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.
Colmers Farm Primary School receives approximately £8,000 of funding each year.
To date this funding has been spent on the following:
This year we are using Sports Premium to train a teacher on level 5/6 P.E qualification which will enable us to develop our capacity in school to teach high quality PE.
After school clubs and sports team opportunities include; Netball Club, Football Club, Cricket League, Local Netball tournament, Forest School Club, Athletics at Abbey Stadium.
We use Sports Premium to fund any costs associated with the above activities.
In Summer 2016 we used sports premium to fund a coach to take a group of pupils to Edgbaston Cricket ground for cricket tuition.
Staff and sports coaches have worked with dinner supervisors to develop lunchtime physical activities. A lunchtime activity rota ensures that there is always plenty to do.
We use Sports Premium to fund two sports coaches every lunchtime. The coaches organise a variety of different sports in the playground. There is also a lunchtime indoor cricket club.
We have used Sports Premium to purchase resources for use during active lunchtimes including small games equipment, a traversing wall, a football goal, and storage for easily accessible resources. In 2015 we used the funding to pay for the tyre park to be made into an all-weather activity area, ensuring the children can continue to be active during the winter months. The cost of this adaptation was approaching £10,000 and the area is now used daily in all weathers and plays an important role in active lunchtimes.