In March 2013 the Prime Minister announced:

“Primary school sport is set to be transformed thanks to a £150m-a-year boost that will improve PE and school sport for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future… (The) new sports funding aims to improve the quality of provision in every state primary school in England.” 

This means:

A lump sum for each school, with a per-pupil top-up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year. This is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.

‘Ring-fenced’ funding – only to be spent on sport – will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s needs. This could vary from specialist coaching and teacher training to dedicated sports programmes, Change4Life sport clubs and support for after-school or weekend competitions.

Tougher assessment of sport provision via Ofsted to ensure the funding is bringing the maximum benefit for all pupils, with schools held to account for how they spend the money.

The Funding

The new Government Primary PE Funding was initially guaranteed for the 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years but a recent announcement has guaranteed it to schools through to 2020. 

Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.

All state-maintained secondary schools, academies, middle schools, special schools (including non- maintained special schools) and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive funding.

The Primary Sport Funding will be included in the additional grant for schools (AGS). AGS is distributed to local authorities in late September or early October each year. The payments will cover the total funding for the academic years 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014, 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015 and 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. The allocations for each eligible school in the authority will be set out in a spreadsheet that will accompany the note on the conditions of grant for the initiatives being supported by the AGS Academies will receive their AGS di-rectly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Eligible special schools will receive their funding directly from the Department’s special education needs and disability division.

What Are School’s Obligations

By 4 April 2014, all primary, first & middle schools must publish on their website, information about their use of the new Primary PE & sport funding.

This should include:

  • The amount of grant received
  • How it has, or will be, spent
  • What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment

How Does Making a Financial Contribution to THSYF Represent Effective Use of the Primary Sports Premium?

From 1 September 2013, inspectors have begun to assess and report on how effectively the new Primary PE funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the school’s leadership and management.

Inspectors will use evidence gained from meetings with school leaders, including governors, to assess the impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sport provi-sion. Inspectors may also use evidence from observations of lessons and/or extra-curricular sports clubs, and discussions with pupils. Inspectors may also review the details of a school’s PE and sport provision on their school website prior to an inspection.

Evidence gained from section 5 inspections from September 2013 will be collated and published on the Ofsted website. Ofsted will also survey selected schools and report in early autumn on the impact of the additional funding. Ofsted’s most recent physical education survey, Beyond 2012 – outstanding physical education for all, identified a number of common weaknesses and set out a series of recommendations for the improvement of PE in primary schools.

Tower Hamlets Schools’ financial contribution not only allows them to make a significant contribution to the sporting infrastructure in Tower Hamlets, where participation has traditionally been so low and health so poor, but it also allows them to address almost all of Ofsted’s recommended uses for the Primary PE Funding in one easy payment:. For more information, please see THYSF’s “Primary Sports Premium Guidance” Document.