In July 2017 it was announced by Justine Greene (the Education Secretary), that the Sports Premium funding for schools would be doubled for the academic year 2017 – 18. Schools are now entitled to receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil (in schools where there are 17 pupils or more) in order to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality and effectiveness of PE and sports in schools.
This funding has been available to schools since 2013, but Ofsted are now much more interested in the impact of this funding and, therefore, schools must ensure, and provide evidence, that they are using the Sports Premium in the most effective ways.
Previously, too many schools were using the funding to provide the minimum PE sessions required (including swimming) or to provide PE teaching during PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) sessions. The DfE has cracked down on this practice and has made it clear that this is not an appropriate use of the Sports Premium.