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School sport funding announced for another year

December 6, 2013

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.

Accountability

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.

Best practice

Read through the case studies provided by schools with a known track record for delivering high quality PE and sport.

Funding period

The additional funding will be paid to eligible schools in the academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015.

Tim Lamb, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said:“This is good news for school sport. We are calling for a long-term and sustainable strategy for school sport and this gives schools and sport providers a clearer focus, sense of stability and incentive to make the pupil premium funding work.“This is a step in the right direction but what we really need is a longer term, say, ten year strategy for school sport – which would allow schools to deliver quality PE and sport provision regardless of what party is in power or what their priorities at the time might be.”

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