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Sports Premium

Pirehill PE and Sports Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. In September 2017, the government doubled its PE and Sports Premium to school.  This funding is ring-fencing and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. 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. This funding is being continued until 2020.


Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport 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 include

  • the hiring of specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.



PE and Sport play a very important part in the ‘whole school life’ of the pupils at Pirehill First School, each child has two timetabled sessions of PE per week. The school works closely with a variety of sporting professionals from Stoke City Football Club, Stone Cricket Club, Izaak Walton Golf Club etc. in order to provide a rich varied sporting opportunities for our children. Pirehill is fortunate to have a number of staff who are highly skilled and enjoy teaching the variety of activities in the PE curriculum. Pirehill also has a PE subject leader who runs a large and varied extra-curricular timetable during lunchtimes and also as after school clubs. She is also committed to increasing the participation, enjoyment and fitness levels of all of our children and has worked with Virgin Media and Bedford University on a healthy living programme to improve the fitness and participation of all pupils in making healthy lifestyle choices.


How we at Pirehill will be spending the Sports funding and who will benefit?

The Governors agree that the money must be used so that:

  • all children benefit regardless of sporting ability;
  • levels of participation, enjoyment and fitness increase across the school;
  • the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments;
  • staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development