Action Plan for expenditure of Sports Premium Funding
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in Primary schools. This funding has recently been extended to 2016. The funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Health, Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport.
The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Schools must spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how it is spent.
From September 2017, further funding will be made available to schools from the Department of Health to educate children and parents about healthy lifestyles. This is part of the Government’s plans to tackle childhood obesity and some funding will come from a levy on soft drinks that the companies producing them will now have to pay. We hope this will give us further opportunities to provide activities and experiences for our children that benefit their health and well-being.
Since September 2013, schools have been held to account over how they spend their additional funding. Ofsted have strengthened 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 as part of the school’s overall provision.
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.
The action plan below details our initial plans on how some of the funding will be spent. This plan will be amended as future opportunities become available. Many of the plans include approximate costings as we are not sure yet how much those costs will be.