Physical Education and School Sport Premium

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PE and School Sport premium for primary schools

It has been confirmed that the Department for Education (DfE) has promised that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year.

We can further confirm that the DfE has also sanctioned any Primary PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20), that schools were unable to use, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, can be carried forward to utilise in the next academic year.

What does that mean for you?

The existing guidelines regarding the use of the PE and sport premium continue to apply. 

Any use of the PE and sport premium should continue to have an impact against at least one of the following key indicators.

Key indicator 1: The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity

Key indicator 2: The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement

Key indicator 3: Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

Key indicator 4: Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

Key indicator 5: Increased participation in competitive sport• Website reporting deadline

At present the 31 July 2020 deadline still stands

Reporting of swimming and water safety attainment

The interruption by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on swimming and water safety is recognised. Any information that schools do hold regarding swimming and water safety attainment should be logged online with a note contextualising the year group it applies to, and if necessary when the swimming lessons took place. (During yr5 for example).

Where no data is held, schools should state this on their website.

Carrying forward any unspent PE and sport premium grant funding

Normally the PE & School Sport grant should be committed to be spent within the academic year for which it applies. Because of the circumstances of 2020, any unspent grant maybe carried forward into the next academic year (2020 to 2021).

Where schools are carrying forward under-spends, their published online report should reference the amount being carried forward and explain this under-spend.

Any under-spends carried forward will need to be spent in full by 31 July 2021 and schools should factor this into spending plans for their 2020 to 2021 PE and sport premium allocation.

Residual funding / under-spends must not be used by schools and settings elsewhere. 

About the PE and sport premium

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).

The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils.

Funding for 2019/20 academic year

This was confirmed by DfE in April 2019. A total of £320 million will again be made available to primary schools in England to improve the quality of PE and sport. The conditions of funding were released by DfE in October 2019.

Schools should invest the premium to have an indicator against one or more of five key indicators

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is 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

Terms on which the premium is allocated to schools

It is a statutory requirement that all schools in receipt of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2019/20 have their completed reports live on their school websites by Wednesday 31 July 2020.

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets
  • teaching the minimum requirements of your existing PE curriculum
  • fund capital expenditure

Schools must publish:

Academies and free schools must publish, on their website, information about their use of the premium by the end of the summer term or 31 July 2020 at the latest.

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • what percentage of pupils within their year 6 cohort for academic year 2019 to 2020 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
    • 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 conditions.

 Inspectors will use evidence gained from meetings with school leaders, including governors, to assess the impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of the PE and sport provision in the school. They will look at how effectively leaders use the primary PE and sport premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.

Inspectors may also review the details of a school’s PE and sport provision on its website prior to an inspection.

Essentially, they will want to ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the primary PE and sport premium.

Are you website compliant? 

Advice on Primary PE & Sport Premium

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil; and

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil

This funding remains ring-fenced and Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. 

This means that you should use the premium to: 

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

Anecdotally there are many examples of good practice in Cambridgeshire, and we have seen schools;

  • provide existing staff with training or resources to raise standards of teaching and learning in PE and sport
  • introduce new activities or sports to increase participation levels
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending dedicated clubs and activities
  • provide intervention opportunities for young people through activities such as top-up swimming, sensory spaces and multi-skills clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in intra and inter school competitions
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers
  • run sports activities with other schools.

A simple aide-memoire to assist schools in online reporting of PE Premium investment



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