What is the Sports Premium?
The government has committed to providing funding of £150 million per annum until 2020 to provide new and substantial primary school sports funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at St.James' that will mean around £9000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. Sports funding became effective in 2013.
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sports funding on improving their provision of PE and sport and are allowed to allocate funds to suit their children and school.
Possible uses of the funding include:
Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
Running sports competitions or increasing participation in school games sessions
Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and residential visits
Improving the quality of sports coaching within our school
Schools are required to publish their use of the Sports Premium each year through an action plan and are held accountable for its use by Ofsted
Sports Premium Action Plan