The Department for Education has today provided the awaited confirmation around the doubling of the PE and Sport Premium for primary schools. This will be a straight doubling of the current formula for schools, and the Youth Sport Trust welcomes the fact that primaries will be able to invest further in their PE and sports provision for their students.
The exact changes proposed are that from September 2017:
- Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils will receive £1,000 per pupil; and
- Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils will receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
The Youth Sport Trust understands that the mechanism for payment will remain the same, with schools receiving 7/12ths of funding in October/November and the remaining 5/12ths in April/May. The webpage clarifying the formula can be accessed here. The DfE have committed to publishing the school level breakdown of funding for the academic year 2017/2018, including formal conditions of grant, in October 2017.
The Youth Sport Trust will continue to support the Ministerial School Sport Board and primary schools to use the PE and Sport premium in a way that maximises outcomes for young people and which ensures the sustainability of this investment into schools. We will be specifically working with our member schools to optimise the impact of this investment, and more broadly can offer a wide range of interventions to all schools to improve the lives of young people through PE and school sport here.