- In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
- Funding will be allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school will receive about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.
- Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
(Ofsted Inspecting primary school PE and school sport: new funding September 2013)
We received about £8000 for this academic year and used this towards Sports coaching on 4 afternoons a week, 2 lunchtimes and an after school club. This paid in part for Damian Sweeney on Mondays and Tuesdays and FUNDA on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The actual amount spent on the coaching was around £11,000 for the financial year 2014-15 (this also included some staff training for support staff)
For the remainder of the school year, we are also paying Damian for an additional Friday afternoon to include a joint after school club for Cribden House children and St Andrew’s Primary.
The funding for 2015-16 academic year is the last guaranteed year and will again amount to approx. £8000.