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Sports Funding for Schools

As with all funding, there are stipulations from the DfE on how this funding can be used. Below is a short summary to help support you with your decision-making.

The Primary PE and Sport Premium

Over half of this funding has been allocated to schools across England already. The further funding allocation announced has yet to be confirmed in terms of its allocation date but it will be in the 2018/19 academic year and anticipated to be around end October 2018.

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered

  • Through development and/or additional to current PE and sport activities
  • Building capacity and capability for school improvements for future generations joining

Schools will be assessed by Ofsted on the use of the PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this

Schools must publish details, online, of how the funding has been spent, including:

  • The amount of the premium received
  • A full breakdown of how it has/will be spent
  • The impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • How many pupils within their Year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

YST has suggested five ways to transform primary schools with the PE and Sport Premium;

  1. Support and train every teacher to help children develop their physical literacy.
  2. Close the gender and disability gap.
  3. Introduce national standards coaching children in sport.
  4. Two hours per week physical and emotional education in every school.
  5. Active school plans for 30 minutes per day through active travel, playgrounds and classrooms.

More information from YST can be found here.

The Healthy Pupils Capital Funding (HCPF)

The HCPF is intended to improve children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing by enhancing access to facilities such as kitchens, dining rooms, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities.

The funding is provided from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (commonly known as ‘the sugar tax’) for 2018-19 only.

Local authorities, large MATs and other bodies will receive an allocation of the HCPF alongside their School Condition Allocation and this funding will be distributed across the schools they are responsible for.

Single and small academy trusts, and sixth form colleges having the opportunity to bid for HPCF through the Condition Improvement Fund in 2018-19.

Currently there are no details of the funding allocation dates but October 2018 is anticipated.

Examples outline by the DfE of projects which could be funding using HCPF are:

Refurbishment or building of:

  • Changing rooms
  • Sports halls and gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Teaching and catering kitchens
  • Dining spaces, to include seating and tables
  • Spaces for mental health support

Creation or renovation of:

  • Garden spaces for growing produce
  • Playgrounds and active play spaces, such as resurfacing, climbing walls or multi-use sports panels
  • Sports pitches, hard courts and athletic tracks
  • Improvements to facilities such as floodlighting, security fencing, pitch drainage

Modification of facilities to improve accessibility for pupils with disabilities, such as:

  • Hoists to allow access to swimming pools
  • Adaptations to cooking facilities
  • Adaptations to changing room facilities
  • Wheelchair-accessible paths and planters in garden spaces
  • Sports wheelchairs
  • Hydrotherapy pools

Provision of equipment, such as:

  • Permanent goalposts
  • Outdoor table tennis tables
  • Defibrillators
  • Gym equipment
  • Cookers, fridges and freezers
  • Bike stands

Examples of smaller scale expenditure are included below, these may be of particular relevance to recipients of smaller grants:

  • Water fountains
  • Playground markings to facilitate active play
  • Cooking equipment such as table-top hobs and food processors
  • Gardening planters and equipment
  • Fixed sports equipment, such as wall-mounted basketball boards

You can find lots of resources on our website to help you. Whether it’s specific projects that need to managed, or specific products, simply go online and search or contact your account manager who’ll be able to assist you.

For more detailed information about the funding streams, simply click on the below link:

PE and sport premium conditions of grant 2017 to 2018: local authorities and maintained schools

School capital funding allocations

Sport England: Primary School Sport

Government plans a review of children’s physical activity at school