The PE and Sport Premium provides ring fenced money to primary school headteachers to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
The Department for Education has (30/04/19) confirmed to the Youth Sport Trust that it will fund the Primary PE and Sport Premium at the doubled rate for the 2019/20 academic year.
A total of £320 million will again be made available to primary schools in England to improve the quality of PE and sport.
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 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, holiday 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 2016 to 2017
The Department for Education have produced the following document on how much PE and Sport Premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year (updated 6th July 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.
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 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
The Association for PE has produced a PE and Sport Premium FAQ which may also be helpful in deciding how you wish to use your funding.
To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, partners in the physical education and school sport sector have developed a template. The template can be accessed through the Association for PE and Youth Sport Trust websites. It’s recommended that the template is used to record your activity throughout the year, as well as for publication at the end of the school year.
You can get further advice at:
- GOV.UK teacher blog for best practice examples of how schools are using their premium effectively
- Swim England’s website for advice and resources on primary school swimming and water safety
- UK coaching’s primary schools toolkit for advice on employing sports coaches for your school
- Short films on the Sport England website for more advice on using the PE and sport premium effectively. Sport England produced these films in collaboration with the Association for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, the County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass
- What works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people from Public Health England