In March 2013 the Government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum, for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015, to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE & Sport Premium. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year. On 6th February 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
Schools receive the PE & Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (between the ages of 5 and 11). Children in Nursery and Reception are not included in the allocation.
The 2018-19 funding is calculated using data from the January 2018 school census, as follows:
– schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil
– schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1000 per pupil
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2018-19 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. Schools have the freedom to choose how they do this.
We aim to provide a high-quality PE experience for our pupils in the initial years of their school life, thus laying down solid foundations for the future.
As well as progressing academically children also need to develop their ‘physical literacy’: the basic movement skills of agility, balance, and coordination.
Furthermore, we know that children’s early participation in and enthusiasm for PE and school sport will lead to a future active and healthy lifestyle.
At St Peter’s School children receive approximately two and a half hours of physical activity per week. In addition to this, they have a daily playtime session of fifteen minutes and a lunchtime play of approximately one hour.
Each year the school chooses a focus for this funding based on analysis from the previous year and the School Development Plan so we can specifically support an identified pupil cohort.
Please click on the links below to read more about the use of the PE and Sport Premium funding at St Peter’s.