Sports Funding

Funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1st September 2013.

Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. This work will be linked to the curriculum, including visitors such as; fitness trainers, school nurse, so that it promotes an understanding of healthy lifestyles.

Examples of how this funding might be spent have been set out by the Department for Education and by Ofsted. In addition, Ofsted’s most recent physical education survey, ‘Beyond 2012 – outstanding physical education for all’, identified a number of common weaknesses and set out a series of recommendations for the improvement of PE in primary schools. Further guidance for schools, including case studies of good practice is available on the Department for Education website.

We have been allocated £14,037 for the period September 2017 to August 2018.

The funding will be used to:

  • Offer all children the opportunity to be instructed by specialist sports coaches.
  • Provide opportunities for our children to compete in sporting events with other local primary and junior schools.
  • Continue to provide quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE.
  • Provide a range of after school sports clubs to allow children to experience a variety of different sports including gymnastics, netball and football.
  • Provide sports equipment so all children can participate in lessons and after school clubs e.g. sports kit, pumps, providing team kit etc
  • Purchase resources and equipment that enable us to provide a range of sporting opportunities in lessons, at lunchtimes and as after school clubs.
  • Continue to subsidise swimming costs so that all children are able to participate.
  • Continue to develop ‘Junior Sports Leaders’ to enhance lunchtime sports provision by providing high quality training for staff and pupils.
  • Further develop intra-school competitive opportunities, such as ‘The Northern Mile.’


Northern Junior School was awarded £8,795 for the period September 2016 to August 2017.

Part of our sport funding has been used to purchase the resources required to teach Athletics, Dance, Games Activities and Gymnastics in Key Stage 2.

We used a significant percentage of our sport funding to fund training opportunities for staff, procuring quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE as this will provide a legacy for all pupils. In the academic year 2016-17, our teachers received opportunities to observe high quality sports coaching in football, tag rugby, multi- sports and athletics.

We currently offer after school clubs such as gymnastics, netball and football which are provided by teachers and specialist sports coaches.

We forged links with our local partnerships and used the funding provide additional teaching and transport so that our children can participate in events such as the gymnastics, multi-sports and tri-golf competitions.


The impact of the sports premium can be seen in:

  • Increased participation in lunchtime and after school sports clubs.
  • Participation in tri-golf, netball and football competitions with other schools in the cluster.
  • Improvement in the quality of teaching in PE.
  • Implementation of Junior Sports Leaders to enrich sporting activities for all children at lunchtimes.
  • Increased interest in sport resulting in an increased participation in out of school sports clubs and events, e.g. park runs, netball and football clubs.