The Government provided funding of £450 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide "new, substantial primary school sport funding’. From September 2016/17 – 2020/21 the funding has been doubled. This funding has been jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport; the money has been allocated directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The Government has continued this pledge and funding of an extra £150 million a year will be shared between Primary Schools in England until 2021.
The National Curriculum requires that children leaving Primary School are able to swim at least 25 metres. Our current Swimming Policy is to provide swimming lessons to all our Year 5 pupils throughout the year. Last year 77% of our pupils could swim 25m unaided. We are keen to promote swimming for all our children and endeavour to provide opportunity for non-swimmers to gain more experience. We offer additional swimming lessons to children in Year 6 who were unable to swim 25m by the end of Year 5, to ensure all children leave our school able to swim.
At Christ Church Primary School we believe swimming is a hugely important life skill, which is why we aim to ensure that all children leave us with the opportunity to learn water safety and gain confidence in the water whilst learning to swim.
Funding for schools is calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census each January. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils have received a lump sum of £8,000 per year, plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil. From 2016/17 – 2020/21 schools will receive double the amount of funding.
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
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 sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision offered.