In 2013, the government provided additional funding of £150 million per year to improve the provision of PE & Sport in primary schools. The Sports Premium was introduced for schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education being offered. This would develop or add to the PE already in school and ensures sustainability of improvements so that they benefit new pupils in the future as well as current pupils. It was also introduced to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
The government have pledged to continue Sports Premium funding until 2020. It is jointly provided by the Department of Education, the Department for Health & Culture and the Department for Media and Sport. All primary schools receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil aged 5 or over. The number of ellegible children is calculated through the annual school census collected in January.
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this. Information about the Government initiative for funding sport in primary schools can be found at DfE Sports Fund.
For the academic year 2018-2019, St John the Baptist received £18,463.00. Click below to see how we have used our sports premium funding.