Sports funding

PE and sport premium for primary schools

The Government are allocating an amount of money for each primary school in the country aimed at improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools initially over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. This has now been extended.  This extra funding allocated directly to primary headteachers.

Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
- hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
- support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
- provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
- run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools.

Schools are required to publish details of how they spend (or will spend) their PE and sport grant on their websites

Purpose of the grant

This funding must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils so that they develop healthy lifestyles.

Basis of allocation

Allocations for the academic year 2015 to 2016 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2015 census, as follows:

  • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil
  • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £500 per pupil

At Branton First School we recieved £4375 for the academic year 2015-6. Our funding was used to pay for tuition (Rugby, Tennis, Yoga Stories, Dance and Drama) and to subsidise the swimming lessons for our pupils.  

Our provision for the academic year 2016 - 17, when our grant allocation was £5583 included tuition in football, rugby and tennis along with swimming lessons in the autumn and summer terms. We were also able to access trampolining and Boulder wall climbing sessions at Willowburn over the winter period. We continue to explore other activities to give our children a wide range of experiences. A substantial amount of our funding does contribute towards transport costs for enabling our pupils to travel to sporting venues.

In the financial year 2016-17 our pupils also took part in several sporting events in our local area

-Glendale Area Sports Event
-St Michael's Sports Event
-Multi Skills at Willowburn KS1 and KS2
-Hipsburn Football tournament
-Alnwick Lawn Tennis tournament


Details of expenditures can be found in the downloadable report.