In April 2013, the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced joint new funding of £150 million to support the delivery of PE and school sport. Funding will be allocated to all state-maintained secondary, primary, middle and special schools (including non-maintained special schools), academies and pupil referral units with primary aged pupils. Funding is calculated by reference to the number of primary school pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as recorded in the annual schools census.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sports in school.
Possible uses might include –
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers while teaching PE.
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Providing additional support within PE lessons to enable all pupils to access the lesson.
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
- Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport.
- Providing places for pupils in after school clubs.
Schools must include details of how they are using the funding to improve provision on their website. Ofsted inspectors will review this information prior to the start of a school’s Section 5 inspection