Physical Education and School Sport Premium

  • 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


Following on from the refreshed Primary PE and Sport Premium guidance published by the Department for Education, one of the changes is to the date when schools must report on their spend by. The new reporting deadline is by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2019 at the latest.

Schools must publish the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools must also provide swimming data in relation to their year 6 cohort in 2018/19.

The other prominent change concerns the clear message that the Premium funding should not be used to 'fund capital expenditure'

Advice on Primary PE & Sport Premium

In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and 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.

The Department for Education makes it very clear that Schools should not use this funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements
  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming
  • fund capital expendure

There is an expectation that schools publish details of how the PE and sport premium funding has been invested on the school’s website.

The Association for PE (AfPE) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) have collaborated in publishing a very good online template for evidencing the impact of this funding that is available to schools.

‘... 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’.

OFSTED will scrutinise how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium, seeking demonstration that spending has led to a “direct and sustained” improvement in sporting provision.

Are you website compliant?

PE Premium website compliance

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

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There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

sports equipment
afPE / YST have developed a very intuitive document to assist schools in developing an action plan for PE Premium investment, and website reporting.
Size: 6.18MBFile format: pdf


Word version of template

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exemplar of good practice in PE Premium action planning
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