In April 2013, the Government announced that it will be providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 (recently extended to at least 2016-2017) to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and will be allocated directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Every state-maintained school, academy, middle school, special school and pupil referral unit with primary aged pupils will receive £8,000 plus a ‘top up’ of £5 per pupil. The sports premium is calculated on the January census and arrives in the school budget via Additional Schools Grant (ASG) in October.
Purpose of funding
The sport premium funding has been ring-fenced and can only be spent on sport, PE and Healthy Lifestyles provision in schools, although schools have the freedom to choose how best to do this. Schools are held accountable for how they spend their funding and are required to publish on-line information about how they have used the additional funding. OFSTED will play a significant role in ensuring that schools target this funding in areas, which will lead to clear outcomes in raising standards and opportunities in PE, and school sport for all children throughout the Primary Phase.