The package of school sport funding includes £150 million per year up until the academic year 2015/16.

This is ring fenced funding allocated directly to primary schools across England. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of PE and school sport for all their children.

The Government's PE and School Sport Vision is supported in by national partners Sport England, afPE, Youth Sport Trust and County Sports Partnerships

"A measurable and sustained improvement in school PE and sport, underpinned by high-quality teaching that increases participation levels in physical activity, and leads to healthier pupils who are more engaged across the whole curriculum. This will be our legacy to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. CSPs play a key role in providing support to schools in their use of the primary PE and sport premium"

General Information

Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will 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 and sport
new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
paying for professional development opportunities in PE and sport
providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and 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 PE and sport will be assessed in future as part of the school's overall provision offered.

Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Best practice

Schools will be able to draw on information on effective practice taken from case studies provided by the very best schools. One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year's expenditure and its impact.

Funding period

The sport funding will be paid in each of the two academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

School Games Organisers (SGOs)

Find the contact details for the SGO in your area.

Lotto Sport
European Union
Active Partnerships