Major funding announced for school sport

Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced a renewed package of funding for PE and school sport. Through a new 'Sport Premium' the Government is providing £150 million in each of the next two years to support the delivery of PE and sport in primary schools.

This funding will be ring fenced, and will be allocated directly to primary schools across England, providing them with dedicated resource to buy in invaluable expertise and support. Whilst primary schools will be able to determine what they believe to be the most appropriate use of this funding, it is important to recognise that groups of schools will also be free to 'pool' their Sports Premium funding to ensure the greatest possible impact. Funding will be allocated through a lump sum for each school and a per-pupil top-up mechanism - a typical primary school with 250 pupils will receive around £9,250 each year.

In order to ensure all young people have access to high quality PE, schools will be required to publish details of their sporting provision on their websites. Elsewhere, the guidance provided to Ofsted inspectors will be amended in order to ensure they give PE and sport high priority when assessing the overall provision offered by schools. This guidance will direct inspectors to assess how well schools have used their Sport Premium funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE school sport and increase participation in both. Crucially, one year on from today's announcement, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the impact of the new funding and holding schools to account on how they have spent their Sport Premium money.

In addition to the Sport Premium funding, the Prime Minister announced a series of measures designed to enhance the delivery of PE and school sport, and provide a lasting sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These include:

  • Renewed funding from the Department for Education for the Young Ambassadors programme.
  • Reform of initial teacher training (ITT) in order to develop expertise in the delivery of PE in primary schools.
  • Funding for the Department for Education for (as yet unspecified) coaching and volunteering programmes, and those designed to improve the delivery of sport for young people with a disability.
  • £1.5 million of funding from Sport England to allow County Sports Partnerships to support national governing bodies of sport to provide specialist sports coaching in schools.

In response to the Government's announcement, Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

"This is a landmark day for PE and school sport and now the work really begins to make sure this impressive investment benefits all young people.

"For many years we have been championing the need for greater investment in primary school PE and school sport provision, and it is welcome news that the Government has now recognised this as a priority area.

"If this funding is to reach every young person it is important to recognise that schools will need support in how to maximise its impact. Funding will need to be used in a way that makes high quality PE and sport sustainable, and embeds both within school life. Primary schools in particular will need support to achieve this.

"Investment in teacher training at primary school level is desperately needed. For too long a child's first experience of physical education has been delivered by teachers who lack the confidence and in some cases the competence to deliver PE well. We hope this investment will address that and build on the work that we have been pioneering through our Bupa: Start to move programme."

The Youth Sport Trust are committed to continuing to work with schools to help them maximise the impact of this funding, and ensure PE and school sport are embedded within wider school life and we currently work with a range of partners to deliver more effective PE and school sport at a primary school level, including the BUPA Start to Move and the Matalan TOP Sport programmes.

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