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. This funding has been extended for the year 2023 and 2024.

The Governments new sports strategy will set the long term strategy for sport in the UK and focus on addressing inactivity levels at all ages and making the sports sector more sustainable.  This action plan supports that aim by ensuring children have increased opportunites to play sport and take physical exercise during their time in school.

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.  They should use it to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity they provide such as:

  1. Funding high-quality PE and Sport for at least 2 hours a week, complimented by a wide ringe of extracurricular sport and competitve opportunities.
  2. Providing or improving equal access to sport for boys and girls.
  3. Continued Professional Development of staff.
  4. Active break times.
  5. Provide targeted activities or support to involve and encourage all children.
  6. Equal access for all children.
  7. Raise the attainment in primary school swimming on water safety by funding top up swimming sessions for those pupils that do not meet National Curriculum requirements.

At Royal Cross we will:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that school already offers.  Children will be given opportunities to take part in competitive sport, gain an understanding of water safety in all aspects and children will receive high quality PE and sport for at least 2 hours a week.
  • build capacity and capability within school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years


All pupils will leave 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. Regaurdless of their abilities, harbour dreams and ambitions to excel in disability sport. They strive to acheive excellence, fueld by determination and passion for PE and school sports.  Our aim is to improve the quality of PE and school sport provision, ensuring an equality of access to sport, increasing the number of children playing sport in school and meeting curriculum expectations, including swimming and water safety.


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

  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.

We plan to use the Sports Premium Funding across these areas

  • Training and professional development opportunities for all staff.
  • Maintaining the dinner-time club opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.
  • Access to quality outdoor adventurous activities.
  • ‘Top-up’ swimming to help KS2 pupils achieve confidence, competence & proficiency over a distance of at least 25 metres.

Strategic Leads

Sports Premium has two strategic leads, a nominated governor and a nominated member of the leadership & management team.

Sports Premium Grant

Mr. Clive Gregory (Chair of Governors) & Mrs. Sofia Parveen (Headteacher).                               

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.

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