On 31st October 2017 all state primary schools received 7/12 of their PE & Sport funding allocation, which this year amounts to £16,000 per school and an additional payment of £10 per pupil for schools with 17 or more eligible pupils. The Department for Education (DfE) require schools to use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. The use of premium monies must develop or add to the PE and sport activities already offered and must build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made will continue to benefit or impact on pupils in future years.
The current problem with sustainability and impact
Ofsted assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium by measuring its impact on pupil outcomes. Too many schools, however do not know the impact on pupil outcomes of the monies they spend. School case studies posted on websites rarely move beyond a focus that describes the use of the monies, lists additional activities that have been organised, or states the number of additional pupils who now participate in school clubs for example. The case studies do not focus on improved outcomes.
What should schools do?
DfE list several examples of how schools should spend their monies (more…)