PE / Sport Premium

What is Sports Premium Funding?

In April 2013, the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced new funding of £150 million to support the delivery of PE and school sport.

This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school Headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

This allows schools to spend the sports funding on improving their provision of PE and sport. Schools have the freedom to choose how this is done but have been provided with guidelines to support best practice. 

DFE - Purpose, Vision, Objective, Accountability and Best Practice

Purpose of funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.


It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles. 

  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement. 

  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport. 

  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils. 

  5. Increased participation in competitive sport. 

We plan to use the Sports Premium Funding across these areas

  • A range of sports equipment to support PE and playtimes to enthuse all children. 
  • Training and professional development opportunities for all staff, including qualified sports & dance coaches working alongside primary teachers.
  • Increasing the dinner-time club opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.
  • Access to quality outdoor adventurous activities.
  • A summer specialist residential activity for our year 5/6 pupils 2018.

Provisional allocation of funding for 2017 – 2018    £ 16,210

Additional funding was allocated to schools in October 2017.

Plans are being explored for the additional funding around sports and dance workshops, swimming, physical sensory activities, horse riding and access to Forest Schools. In addition plans are in place to replace PE equipment and to look at large scale apparatus for the playground.

Royal Cross has a strategy for the use of Sports Premium Funding and this is reviewed at regular intervals in the school year with a final evaluation of impact in the Summer term 2018.

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