David Cameron recently announced that Primary schools in England are going to share an extra £150million per year sports funding until 2020. The direct funding scheme for school sport, announced last year, is going to be extended for a further five years. Each year, primary schools will continue to receive £8,000, plus £5 per pupil. So, is this good value for money, what are schools actually spending the money on and should children be competing?
As I am lucky enough to be the headteacher of three schools, I am therefore fortunate enough to receive three sets of sports funding. The potential impact of £24000, plus £5 per pupil is huge and I am already seeing the benefit of the Government’s initiative. Before the introduction of the sports premium, children in my three rural schools were certainly disadvantaged when it came to sporting involvement. PE coach fees, transport costs and equipment prices meant that children simply couldn’t engage with the many matches and tournaments that were going on across the area.
Read Steve’s full column in tomorrow’s (15 May) Pocklington Post.