What is Sports Premium?
The Government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and 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. However they will be held to account over how they spend their ring fenced funding.
What Ofsted is looking for?
Ofsted will be amending their guidance provided to Ofsted inspectors to ensure that PE and sport are given high priority when assessing the overall provision offered by schools. Inspectors will be assessing how well schools have used their Sport Premium funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and school sport provision and participation. Ofsted will also carry out a survey reporting on the impact of the new funding and holding schools to account on how they have spent their Sport Premium money.
A paragraph in inspectors’ subsidiary guidance provides a useful list of factors that they will be looking for when considering the impact of the new primary school sport funding. They include:
- The increase in participation rates in such activities as games, dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics
- The increase and success in competitive school sports.
- How much more inclusive the physical education curriculum has become.
- The growth in the range of provisional and alternative sporting activities.
- The improvement in partnership work on physical education with other schools and other local partners.
- Links with other subjects that contribute to pupils’ overall achievement and their greater social, spiritual,
moral and cultural skills.