‘PE and Sport Premium Funding is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sports activities they offer their pupils.
We are spending over £450 million on this funding over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.
Schools receive funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money’.
(source: Department for Education website)
As you see schools are free to spend the PE and Sport Premium Funding in a variety of ways. However, we are still held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to improve the quality of PE and sport activities for our pupils. New measures are included in performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools.