PE & Sport Premium Funding


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.

This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.

On 6th February 2014 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.

On the 17th July 2015 the Department for Education announced that 2015/6 funding will remain at the same level as last year.

On 21st September 2016 the Department for Education released its grant conditions for 2016/17.

July 2017 – DfE Confirm the Doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium

On 17th July 2017 the Department for Education confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will double from September 2017.

The Secretary of State’s announcement on school funding, includes a section reconfirming the commitment to doubling the Primary PE and Sport Premium from September 2017.

The DfE made the following statement:

“The DfE understands that schools are keen to know how much funding they will receive so that they can plan for the next academic year, and are seeking to communicate high level principles in preparation for the new academic year. These will be announced in due course, however, we can confirm that all schools will see an increase in their premium allocation.”

“The Government is committed to ensuring that all schools are fairly funded and that money is invested in the most effective way. After careful consideration, we have therefore decided not to proceed with the proposed healthy pupils capital programme, in order to provide more money to schools through their core funding instead. Schools can, of course, choose to invest their core funding in PE and Sport.”

October 2017 – DfE Publish New Guidance on the Doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium Grant

On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.

The guidance includes:

  1. Which schools are eligible to access the funding
  2. Funding formula for 2017 to 2018
  3. Payment dates for 2017 to 2018
  4. How to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium
  5. Accountability (Ofsted Inspections, Online Reporting and new the Accountability Reviews)
  6. Further Advice

Click HERE to view the new guidance, courtesy of GOV.UK.

Purpose, Vision & Objective

Purpose of funding:

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


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.

Indicators of such improvement to include:

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

  1. 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
  2. the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. increased participation in competitive sport

Evidencing the Impact – Website Reporting Template

Newly revised template to support schools with the reporting of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding.

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 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 and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools should also consider how their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly 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.

Click HERE to download a PDF copy of the template.

Click HERE to download a Word copy of the template.

Click HERE to download an exemplification support document.

Examples of Effective Use of the Funding and What the Funding Should NOT Be Spent On

Schools can use the funding to:

  1. Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  2. Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  3. Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  4. Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  5. Enter or run more sport competitions
  6. Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  7. Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  8. Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  9. Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  10. Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

Schools should not use the funding to:

  1. Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  2. 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 PEcurriculum)

Case Studies

The Association for PE (afPE) and the Youth Sport Trust have produced a range of case studies exemplifying the effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.

A PE Coordinator’s guide to planning, monitoring and reporting the Primary PE and Sport Premium spending

Useful Links
  1. Active Norfolk Website –
  2. Norfolk School Games Website –
  3. Teachers Blog – Advice including best practice examples –
  4. UK Coaching – Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit –
  5. Sport England Website – Videos on how to use the Premium Funding effectively
  6. Youth Sport Trust –
  7. Association of Physical Education (AfPE) –