Background to Sports funding to Primary Schools
The government has provided additional funding of over £450 million on school sports funding over the 7 academic years 2013 to 2020 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding for schools is calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census each January (£10 for each eligible pupil), as well as a standard amount of £16,000.
At Shakespeare Infant School, last year, this provided an additional £17,845. This year it will provide an additional £17,943.
1. 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 PE and games.
• buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
• providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs
Since 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.
Inspectors visiting our school will consider the impact of the new primary school sport funding on pupils’ lifestyles and physical wellbeing by taking account of the following factors:
• the increase in participation rates in such activities as games, dance, gymnastics and athletics
• the increase in competitive school sports
• how much more inclusive the physical education curriculum has become
• the growth in the range of provisional and alternative sporting activities
• the improvement in partnership work on physical education with other schools and other local partners
• links with other subjects that contribute to pupils’ overall achievement and their greater social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills
• the greater awareness amongst pupils about the dangers of obesity, smoking and other such activities that undermine pupils’ health.
3. What did we offer at Shakespeare Infant School 19-20?
At Shakespeare Infant School we are committed to ensuring that children have access to a wide range of high quality sports activities during the school day and after school.
Our vision is to help young learners develop healthy attitudes towards diet and physical activity. They will leave our school having enjoyed a variety of sports and exercises and a positive approach to competition and fair play. These dispositions will support our children’s emotional health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives.