Is Your School Spending Sports Premium Funding Effectively?
The government is providing 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. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
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 will be held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the ‘Inspectors’ handbook’ and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact.
Schools will also be 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.
Every Primary School in the country is to receive Sport Premium Funding for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. This will equate to an annual lump sum of £8,000 plus £5 per pupil per year which is ring fenced to be spent only on school sport. One of the most effective ways of spending this Sports Premium is on one of On Target Sports specialist PE coaches coming into your school and delivering high quality PE to your children alongside your class teacher. This form of CPD / Team Teaching approach is approved by The Department of Education and is listed as their number one way of effectively spending Sports Premium.
To find out more, contact us to discuss how we can help your school deliver better quality PE and meet the OFSTED criteria for Sports Premium Funding.