Sports Premium

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 therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Eligible schools Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census. 

Purpose of funding 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. 

Possible uses for the funding might include: 

  •  hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE 
  •  supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport 
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport 
  •  running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games 
  •  buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport 
  •  providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs 
  •  pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools. 

Accountability from September 2013, schools will be held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors’ handbook' and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision. 

One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact. Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.  

How are Seal using the Sports Premium?

Seal Primary Academy has been allocated £19,392 for the academic year 2017-18 through the Sports Premium funding. After careful consideration it was decided that the funds should be spent in the following three areas:

  1. Funding a sports coach to work alongside teachers to model quality PE teaching throughout the year. This is aimed at developing the teaching skills of all our teachers in PE
  2. Funding training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for our sports coach and other members of staff as appropriate to ensure excellence of PE provision across the school
  3. To pay for extra-curricular sports clubs to provide opportunites for children to access different sports
  4. To ensure we can compete in inter and intra school competitions by helping to fund transport costs, class cover etc
  5. Develop our sports leaders scheme - Sports Education And Leadership Squad (SEALS) - where Year 6 children are trained to plan, develop and lead sporting activities for younger children to increase participation in an active lifestyle

To ensure improvements to our sports teaching and facilities are sustainable, we employ a full-time sports coach who develops a yearly strategic plan and a bespoke CPD programme in sports coaching for teachers.

Year 5 and Year 6 pupils have swimming lessons in the Autumn Term. In Year 6, 42 out of 52 pupils can swim 25 metres, 33 can perform a range of strokes effectively and 9 can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

For a detailed plan, please see here.

During our OFSTED inspection in February 2014 it was recognised that:

The school has made excellent use of the additional sports funding to develop the expertise of teachers in teaching physical education. The support of an inspirational coach has helped teachers develop much greater confidence. Pupils participate very actively in a wide range of sports and competitions and have very positive attitudes towards keeping fit and staying healthy.


For a more detailed plan of the spend and an evaluation of last year's impact, please see here.