DfE has confirmed the doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium - this will be a straight doubling of the current formula and 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.
We understand 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.
PE and School Sport
We know that in the secondary sector PE and sport face a number of challenges. Curriculum time for PE is declining at Key stage 4, PE teachers are increasingly being drawn into teaching E-Bacc subjects and there is pressure on extra-curricular sport. Coupled with the funding pressures, this means that secondary PE departments will be looking for the very best value possible when purchasing equipment and resources, and tackling specific challenges in their schools and classrooms.
In the light of heightened concerns around students’ physical and mental well-being - we believe PE, sport and physical activity can be used to enhance students’ physical and mental well-being and help to develop their character and employability skills. We can help deliver this through innovative approaches to curriculum PE and extra-curricular sporting activities.