Funding for Primary School
PE and Sports
The government is providing an extra £150 million of annual funding for the academic years of 2014 to 2015, and 2015 to 2016. The aim of this funding is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools, and is provided jointly by various governmental departments, including Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport. Although the funding will be allocated to primary school head teachers, it will be ‘ring fenced’ – this means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport in schools. You can read more about this under ‘Accountability’ below.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, though how they do this remains their decision.
This is how Hillbrook has been using the funding:
2016 - 17
2015 - 16
2014 - 15
- Hiring a specialist qualified sports coach to work with class teachers when teaching PE.
- Paying for professional development of teachers in PE and sport.
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport and competitions.
- Running sports competitions, increasing pupils’ participation in school games.
- Hiring a specialist gymnastic coach to work with class teachers and pupils during curriculum time. Hillbrook will be teaming up with Beaming Stars Gymnastics company to provide high quality gymnastic sessions throughout the year. http://www.beamingstars.co.uk/
- Hiring a specialist qualified table tennis coach to work with key stage two. The company working with Hillbrook is the Darius Knight Foundation, and one of the UK’s top table tennis players will be helping to develop our teachers and pupils in delivering excellence in sport. http://www.dariusknight.com/
2013 - 14
- Hired a specialist qualified sports coach to work with class teachers when teaching PE
- Paid for professional development of teachers in PE and sport
- Provided cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport and competitions
- Ran sports competitions, increasing pupils’ participation in school games
Since September 2013, schools have been held to account for how they spend their additional ‘ring-fenced’ funding. Ofsted have been strengthening 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.
Ofsted have committed to carrying 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.