Primary PE & Sport Premium

The PE and Sport Premium provides ring fenced money to primary school head teachers to make additional and sustained improvements to the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.

The Department for Education announced a significant increase in funding for 2017 to 2018 and this continued into the 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 academic years.
•  Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils will receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport

To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  • the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

How to use the PE and sport premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that schools should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • hire qualified PE Teachers or Sports Coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • run sport competitions
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

You should not use your funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).


Primary PE & Sport Premium – Conditions of Grant for the Academic Year 2019 to 2020

The Department for Education have produced the following document on how much PE and Sport Premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2019 to 2020, and advice on how to spend it.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, must publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium by 31st July 2020.

Schools should publish:

  • how much funding you received
  • a full breakdown of how you’ve spent the funding or will spend the funding
  • the effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how you’ll make sure these improvements are sustainable


The Primary PE and Sport Premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2019/20 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Department for Education commissioned afPE and the YST to create a national template which has been updated to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant. You can find tools to help you measure and report on the impact of your spend by clicking here.


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