Guidance

Primary PE and sport premium conditions of grant 2014 to 2015: local authorities and maintained schools

Published 3 November 2014

1. Introduction

The primary PE and sport premium 2014 to 2015 (“the premium”) will be paid by the Secretary of State for Education (“Secretary of State”) to the local authority (“Authority”) for their distribution to maintained schools specified in the accompanying spreadsheet pursuant to Section 14 of the Education Act 2002. In accordance with Section 16 of that Act the Secretary of State lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the premium payable for the academic year 2014 to 2015.

The premium for the 2014 to 2015 academic year is funded over two instalments from the Secretary of State to the Authority as follows:

Financial year 2014 to 2015 academic year Payment date
2014 to 2015 September 2014 to March 2015 31 October 2014
2015 to 2016 April 2015 to August 2015 30 April 2015

2. Purpose of the premium

The premium must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2014 to 2015 academic year to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

3. Basis of allocation

Allocations for the academic year 2014 to 2015 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (or aged 5 to 10 years where pupils are not recorded by year group), as recorded on January 2014 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

In the case of a school which has opened or is due to open during the 2014 to 2015 financial year, the above formula will apply based on pupils recorded on the Autumn 2014 school census with allocations paid by 31 January 2015 and 30 April 2015.

The allocations for each school in the authority are set out on the accompanying spreadsheet. This includes schools that were maintained schools at 1 September 2014. Academies will receive the premium directly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

Authorities should not pay the premium to academies that converted by on or by 1 September 2014, as they will receive their funding directly from EFA.

Schools that convert to academies from 1 September 2014 up to and including 1 April 2015 will be paid the April to August 2015 element of the academic year allocation direct from EFA on 1 May 2015.

The premium must be made available by the Authority to the school irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share. The premium is not part of schools’ budget shares and is not part of the Individual Schools Budget. It is not to be counted for the purpose of calculating the Minimum Funding Guarantee.

4. Terms on which the premium is allocated to schools

Local Authorities must pass the premium to maintained schools, as shown on the accompanying spreadsheet within one month of receipt, and must require that maintained schools comply with the conditions set out below.

The premium must be spent by maintained schools and academies on improving the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of pupils to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, must publish, on their website, information about their use of the premium by 4 April 2015. Schools should publish the amount of premium received; how it has been spent (or will be spent) and what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment as a result. Schools should also consider how their use of the premium gives pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

5. Certification

Local authorities will be required to certify that they have passed on the correct amount of funding to schools and, where funding has been spent, that it has been spent in line with the conditions set out.

6. Variation

The basis for allocation of the premium may be varied by the Secretary of State from those set out above, if so requested by the Authority or at the discretion of the Secretary of State.

7. Other conditions

If the Authority or a school fail to comply with the conditions set out in this conditions of grant, including but not limited to a school misusing the premium, or an authority failing to supply such further information as may be required by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State may require the repayment of the whole or any part of the premium paid to the Authority. This will be notified in writing to the Authority and/or school and any such sum that has been notified shall immediately become payable to the Secretary of State.

8. Overpayments

Any overpayment of the premium shall be repaid by the Authority to the Secretary of State.

9. Further information

That the books and other documents and records relating to the recipient’s accounts (for the purposes of this grant ”recipient” is the Authority and/or school) shall be open to inspection by the Secretary of State and by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The Comptroller and Auditor General may, pursuant to Section 6 of the National Audit Act 1983, carry out examinations into the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the recipient has used its resources in discharging its grant-aided activities.

The Authority shall provide such further information as may be required by the Secretary of State for the purpose of determining whether, or to what extent, it has complied with the conditions set out in this document.