ESFA outlines reporting requirements for PE and sports premium grants
The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published sports grants guidelines for schools including reporting requirements.
The latest premium will be paid directly to successful academies in May this year.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published information on how much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive, and advice on how to spend it.
Allocations for the academic year 2022 to 2023 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2022 census.
Where a school has opened or is due to open during the 2022 to 2023 academic year, the funding will be paid based on pupils recorded on the autumn 2022 school census.
Academies receive the premium directly from the ESFA. Schools that convert to academies on or after 1 September 2022 up to and including 1 April 2023 will be paid the April to August 2023 element of the academic year allocation direct from ESFA on 3 May 2023.
Schools that convert to academies on or after 1 September 2022 up to and including 1 April 2023 will be paid the April to August 2023 element of the academic year allocation direct from ESFA on 9 May 2023.
The premium must be spent in full by the 31st of July 2023 and funding must be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all primary-aged pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
The grant may not be used to fund capital expenditure or to employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover PPA which should instead come out of schools’ core staffing budgets.
Any school in receipt of the grant is required to publish:
- The amount of premium received
- A full breakdown of how it has been spent, or will be spent by 31 July 2023
- What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
- How the improvements will be sustainable in the future
- The percentage of pupils within their year 6 cohort for academic year 2022 to 2023 that can do each of the following:
- Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively (for example front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
If selected, schools must also take part in a sampling review to scrutinise their compliance with these terms.
If you require help with future ESFA funding applications or require support with reporting requirements, please contact our specialist team now.