What is the Sports & PE Premium?

30 November 2017

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re passionate about getting children outdoors and active. But, with ever-increasing pressures on funding and resources, as well as existing equipment, we understand that delivering an increased programme of physical activities can be challenging. 

Help is at hand! We’ve produced this step-by-step guide to the Primary PE & Sports Premium, as well as a whole host of other funding opportunities, for those schools that want to integrate PE and Sports, as well as healthy living, into daily activity. 

A quick history lesson… 

The Primary PE & Sports premium is funding for primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their children. It all started back in March 2013, when the government announced it intended to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015. 

In the 2016 budget Chancellor George Osborne announced that revenue from the soft drinks industry levy would be used to double the primary school PE and sport premium from £160 million per year to £320 million per year from September 2017, to help schools support healthier, more active lifestyles.

On 17th July 2017, the Department for Education confirmed this previously announced commitment to doubling funding from September 2017, with the first payments being received by schools in October 2017.

So how does it work? 

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium, and funding is based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil, whilst schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. Schools receive 7/12ths of funding in October/ November and the remaining 5/12ths in April/May. And there you have it!

You can download our full report here

In our next blog we’ll be giving top tips on getting the best out of your funding, so stay tuned!

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