How Are School Sports Funded In England?
How are school sports funded in England? This is one question more people have been asking in recent times following claims that the government have been deceiving the public on their funding claims.
Funding for competitive sports in schools have always been done through school sports partnerships sponsored and funded by the government. These partnerships were established in 2000 with the aim of increasing physical education and sports opportunities for UK schoolchildren.
As at today, there are more than 450 such partnerships in England. These partnerships involve primary, secondary and all special schools. Dedicated sports higher institutions in the state sector are not left out in these partnerships. Each of these government established partnerships is co-ordinated by a government-appointed full-time administrator who works in collaboration with the sports organizers and game masters in these primary and secondary schools to ensure increased student participation with school playground equipment.
PE and PREMIUMS
In March 2013, the government announced the dedicated primary PE and Sports Premium, which qualifies a typical primary school with at least 250 school pupils within the primary age bracket to receive £9,250. This money is the equivalent of 2 days a week of a coach’s time or a primary teacher and is enough to ensure each pupil can participate in active sports and train with a specialist.
There is an £18 million fund which primary schools across England can apply for a share to help them expand and improve the PE and sporting activities outdoor spaces. Committed schools that have limited outdoor spaces will be given priority. Each of the schools are to receive at least £30,000 for the improvement of their sporting provisions. This funding is to ensure they have better sporting facilities and equipment.
David Cameron offered an additional £11 million funding for the school games as a way of inspiring and motivating the younger generation to become more actively involved in competitive sport through the availability of school playground equipment and other sports equipment pieces.
Have these partnerships been successful?
Everyone agrees to the fact that these partnerships-part of Tony Blair’s £162m yearly physical education and sports intervention strategy-have made an unarguable positive impact on the students. This partnership has increased positive practices and collaboration between schools have raised the profile of school sports in the UK.
What is the future of this funding?
Recent events have seen the present government announcing a substantial cut in these funding. This has raised fears concerning the future of sports in our schools. The government plans to keep the partnerships in place while the schools take care of the financial burden of paying sports teachers and coaches amongst other things.