The Government is providing additional funding of £16,000 for the first 16 eligible children, plus £10 per extra child to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is allocated to primary school Headteachers to strategically plan for; our allocation is £17,830. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Details of how this was spent and its impact is shown in our annual evaluation and details of how we intend to spend our money is detailed in our statement of intent.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their active participation in sports.
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
sportcompetitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
- providing places for pupils on
after schoolsports clubs and holiday clubs
- pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools
All children and young people should live healthy, active lives. The Childhood Obesity Plan says that at least 30 minutes of daily activity should take place and schools have a key role to play in achieving this aim. This is particularly true of primary schools, where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity are embedded. OPAL play has allowed us to dramatically improve the quality of day-to-day playtime, with a consequent beneficial impact on engagement, learning, personal development and physical activity. The training and support this program offers has allowed us to make sustainable, long-lasting changes to our play curriculum.
Please click here for information on how our Sports Funding is spent.