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PE & School Sport Premium

The Government, through the Department for Education are investing more than £300m per year direct to Primary Schools in the form of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. Sport England and other national partners are working with the Government to support the Primary PE and Sport Premium fund and have collectively developed the following vision for PE and School Sport:

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

Funding is allocated through a lump sum (£16,000) for each school and an additional amount per pupil on the school roll over 17 students. A typical Primary School with 250 pupils will receive around £18,500 per year. This funding is allocated directly to Primary School Head Teachers who can decide how they use the funding to increase the provision for PE and School Sport.

How to use the PE and School 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
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

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

  • 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

For example, schools can use the funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils' participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • 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:

    • 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)

Government has a number of conditions that schools must adhere to in order to use the funding appropriately:

  • The funding is to be used for PE and School Sport (incorporating Health and Active Lifestyle programmes)
  • It is ring-fenced (to be used only for PE and school sport)
  • the funding is subject to OFSTED framework and review (some schools in Northamptonshire have received a full half day inspection on the provision for PE and Sport already)
  • Funding will be included in the Additional Grant for Schools (AGS) and there are conditions attached to the grant, i.e. PE and Sport Action Plan to be published on the schools' website by 4th April annually

You can find details of the funding for each school in the PE and Sport Premium grant for 2017 to 2018 here:



Schools must publish on their website, by April of each year, information about how the PE and School Sport Premium has been used. This information must include:

  • the amount of premium funding received;
  • a full breakdown of how the funding has been spent (or will be spent);
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils' PE and sport participation and attainment and how these improvements will be sustainable in the future.

Northamptonshire Sport is tasked by Government to monitor how schools are doing with reporting, and every year provide a local area picture which records compliance by schools with the reporting and use of the PE and School Sport Premium.

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the 'effectiveness of leadership and management' section of the 'Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015'.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it is recommended that schools download a template to record their activity. The Department has commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template, which is available at:

Ofsted Inspections & the Primary PE and Sport Premium – Support Document for Schools

New Reporting Template for the Primary PE and Sport Premium

Effective Employment and Deployment of Coaches

Best practice guidance on the effective use of individual and agency coaches in Physical Education and Sport (PES).

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) has produced the following concise guidance for head teachers and other leadership staff responsible for deploying visiting support staff within physical education and sport (PES).

This guidance is available on the afPE website www.afpe.org.uk and on pages 66-69 in Safe Practice in Physical Education and Sport, 2012 (afPE/Coachwise Ltd). It has been updated in line with a Supreme Court decision in 2013, the development of afPE/1st4 Sport's Level 2 and3 Coaching Award in Supporting Physical Education and School Sport and recent safe practice developments, including managing suspected concussion situations. Full details on the link below.

Guidance on the Best Practice use of individual and agency Coaches in PE and Sport

Swimming and the PE Premium

Use of the PE and School Sport Premium for school swimming has been an area of discussion for some time. The Department for Education has provided additional guidance:

We ask schools to report on their premium spending by April – so we do not capture all of the academic year. Our intention with the swimming reporting was to ask schools for information on how many of their current year 6 cohort can meet the national curriculum requirements by the time we ask for the premium info to be uploaded on schools' websites. This provides a snapshot of attainment at this point in time – but we recognise that swimming must be taught at either KS1 or KS2 and there may be schools who schedule swimming in the year 6 summer term for their pupils. If a child has met the national curriculum requirements at some point during KS1 or KS2 then they can be counted as having met the requirements in 'the current year 6 cohort' – i.e. the teaching does not have to be delivered in year 6, or the child re-tested.

Association for Physical Education (AfPE)

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) is the only Physical Education subject specific association in the UK.

We are committed to being the representative organisation of choice for people and organisations delivering or supporting the delivery of Physical Education in schools and in the wider community.

Click here for the AfPE website for resources and guidance notes

Click here for the Evidencing Impact and Accountability template

Youth Sport Trust

Sports Leaders UK

Click here for the Sports Leaders website


UK Coaching

You'll notice the name Sports Coach UK has been replaced with UK Coaching. That's because they are expanding their support as an organisation, taking it wider than traditional sports because great coaching goes much, much further. Over the coming months you will see this replaced on all of their materials.

All materials branded Sports Coach UK still have the same credit, and just because they have changed their name, it doesn't mean they are suddenly out of date. They still retain their original shelf life.

Click the logo above to go to the UK Coaching website

For more information on anything relating to PE and the School Sport Premium, please contact your School Sport Manager for your School Sport Partnership.


01604 366 976

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