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Sports Premium

Sports Premium


Background Information (from DfE website)

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015, 2015 - 2016 and 2016-2017 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.


Eligible schools

Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census in January 2016.


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
  • Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • Providing equipment and resources to enhance PE and sport
  • Running sport competitions or increasing pupils’ participation in sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools



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.


Sawtry Infant Schools Aims for Sports Premium

1. To provide high quality PE lessons

  • Purchase development modules and materials for PE and sport, each year group will have 6 new PE units planned focusing on high quality PE and school sport. 
  • Hire qualified coaches to work alongside staff when teaching PE to enable all teachers to access high quality CPD for increased skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence in particularly in gymnastics and dance.
  • Purchase equipment to provide whole-class opportunities for sports and games
  • Provide playground markings

2. To enhance provision of sport and organised games at lunchtime

  • Purchase new equipment that will encourage active play and sport activities
  • Provide the option for structured games and sport activities

3. After school activities

  • Provide additional after-school sports clubs
  • Ensure after school clubs are accessible for all children