DfE Confirm the Doubling of the Primary PE & Sport Premium from September 2017
On 17th July 2017 the Department for Education confirmed that the Primary PE & Sport Premium will double from September 2017.
The Secretary of State’s announcement on school funding, includes a section reconfirming the commitment to doubling the Primary PE & Sport Premium from September 2017.
The DfE has made the following statement:
“We appreciate there’s been some uncertainty in the sector on this, and would like to thank you for your patience and support as we have awaited ministerial decisions.”
“We know that you have been working to ensure the sector is best placed once the doubling comes into effect, and we will continue to work with you and other partners to support the delivery of the premium and to develop guidance and best practice resources for schools.”
“We also understand that schools are keen to know how much funding they will receive so that they can plan for the next academic year, and are seeking to communicate high level principles in preparation for the new academic year. These will be announced in due course, however, we can confirm that all schools will see an increase in their premium allocation.”
“The Government is committed to ensuring that all schools are fairly funded and that money is invested in the most effective way. After careful consideration, we have therefore decided not to proceed with the proposed healthy pupils capital programme, in order to provide more money to schools through their core funding instead. Schools can, of course, choose to invest their core funding in PE and Sport.”
Sue Wilkinson MBE, afPE’s CEO said:
“afPE is delighted to hear that the Government will continue to invest in physical education and school sport. The doubling of the funding formula will help schools to continue to use physical education, sport and physical activity as a tool to improve educational attainment, emotional and physical health and well-being. Children and young people are our future and we must all work collectively to ensure that we enable them to make the right lifestyle choices, support families and engage communities to make a difference. afPE will update members once we have had further discussions with the Department.”
Purpose, Vision, Objective, Accountability and Best Practice
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.
All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.
We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:
The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
Increased participation in competitive sport
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.
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.
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then 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 then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to contunue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
On the 17th July 2015 the Department for Education announced that 2015/6 funding will remain at the same level as last year.
On 21st September 2016 the Department for Education released its grant conditions for 2016/17.