Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding include:

  • Hire qualified sport coaches to work with teachers
  • Provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively.
  • Introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport.
  • Support and involve the least active children by running or extending schools sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs.
  • Run sport competitions.
  • Increase pupils participation in the School Games
  • Run sports activities with other schools.

Accountability

Schools will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding. Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE within the Inspectors’ Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how PE and sport will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision offered.

Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Best practice

Schools will be able to draw on information on effective practice taken from case studies provided by the very best schools. One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure and its impact.

Merseyside Sports Partnership are keen to hear from schools who feel they have unique and effective way of demonstrating impact and sustainability and who are willing to share these examples across their peers in Merseyside.  To do so, complete and return the Evidencing the Impact of the Primary School PE and Sport Premium document to admin@merseysidesport.com