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School Sports Funding: Use and impact

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School Sports Funding

Primary Schools Funding 2016/17


In April 2013, the government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport, to be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sports provision. This funding has continued in for the achedemic year of 2014 -2015. Again funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils. This funding – provided jointly by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is being allocated to primary school headteachers.

Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sports so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

In this academic year the PE and sports funding for Ashgate is £9,295. At Ashgate Primary School we have developed an action plan in order to use PE and Sports funding effectively to improve quality and breadth of PE and Sport provision.


This is how we have used the funding

  • Establish more extra-curricular sports clubs based on results of questionnaires.
  • To continue staff development, from the needs previously identified through; one to one mentoring support in gymnastics, staff attended SSP courses.
  • To enter school teams in a wider range of competitions / inter school events – Football, netball, tennis and cycling.
  • To ensure we have the right equipment in school for the activities offered by auditing equipment and ordering new resources as required.
  • To provide a range of equipment to encourage the children to be active at dinner times and provide a 'play leader' to coordinate pupil play leaders..
  • To gain support from the SSP to create gymnastics layouts to support the teachers in using the gymnastics equipment.
  • To train five members of staff to a national recognized standard to take children out on cycle rides – Ride Manager Course.
  • PE Coord and HT training to provide 'Balance Ability' training for pupils in EYFS and KS1.
  • To establish, and now embed, a school wide cycle scheme - 'Every Child a Rider' - from Early Years through to Year 6.


NEW to 2017/2018


In 2017, the DfE increased the budget for School Sports Funding.  This additional funding has been used to further extend the above, but also has already been applied to:



  • 4 further dedicated Continued Professional Development (CPD) sessions, every week for teaching staff, led by Premier Sports; focussing on core skills that can be universally applied within teaching of multiple sports.
  • 3 weekly lunchtime support packages as follows:



1x Targeted physical intervention for pupils based on their baseline fitness outcomes. 



1x Multi sports delivery to assist CPD for Mid Day Supervisors and address a historic, male predominance of football at break times.  



1x Mid Day Supervisor team sports mini tournament / coaching of supervision and refereeing for pupils and mid day supervisors. 



  • Engagement in the Derby Dance Partnership 'Deda'.


The impact of the additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sports provision

  • Increased participation in after school clubs
  • Increased number of after school clubs
  • Increased participate in new competitions to the school
  • Introduction of new activities tot he curriculum, not available prior to 2014
  • Increased levels of competency in teacher delivery of the national curriculum and a firmer understanding of progressive development.
  • Children choosing to be more active at dinner times, including self/peer monitoring, initiation and delivery.
Our 'Every Child A Rider Programme' has been specifically designed by the school to meet the needs of pupils and is supported through the School Sports Funding.  Click on the link to read about this exciting development.

School Sports Partnership Access Record