In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England.
On 6th February 2014 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.
What is the grant used for?
Primary schools around England are using the premium to:
- •up-skill teachers to improve the quality of sport lessons
- invest in quality coaching
- provide more opportunities for pupils to take part in inter-school competitions
- offer more after-school clubs
- purchase better equipment
- introduce new and unusual sports like fencing, climbing, ultimate frisbee and Danish long-ball to encourage more children to enjoy sport
- improve sport teaching for children with special educational needs
- deliver holiday and weekend activities
- boost Change4Life clubs, helping children build a healthier lifestyle
Within the 2016 budget it was promised that the primary schools sports premium would be doubled to £320 million per year from September 2017. This was to be funded by a new soft drinks industry levy, which has subsequently been labelled a ‘sugar tax’.
More information can be found on the Department for Education website:
Below are the links for previoius years grants and what they were used for: