PE and Sports Premium Funding

Background Information – The PE and 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 & Sport Premium.  This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to primary school Head teachers.  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 Chancellor 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 Government committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE & Sport Premium until 2020.


Basis of Allocation


Schools receive the PE & Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (between the ages of 5 and 11).  Children in Nursery and Reception are not included in the allocation. 

The 2016-2017 funding will be calculated using data from the January 2016 school census, as follows:

  • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil
  • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £500 per pupil


Purpose of The Funding

The 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 2016 to 2017 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.  Schools have the freedom to choose how they do this.


Terms on Which The Premium is Allocated To Schools

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 the national curriculum PE programmes of study - including those specified for swimming.
  • Schools must publish information about their use of the premium on their website by April 2017.  Schools should publish 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 and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future.  Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. 



How To Use The Sports Premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE and sport they offer.  This means that schools should use the premium to:

  • Develop the four areas of Physical Education which include, Physical Education (PE), Physical Activity (PA), School Sport (SS) and Health and Emotional Wellbeing.
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining your school in future years.


 Possible uses suggested for the funding include:

  • Hire specialist PE teachers or 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 engage the least active children through new or additional clubs.
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games.
  • Running sports activities with other schools.



To ensure that all pupils leaving primary school are physically literate and have 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.  Some possible indicators of improvement could 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.
  • Regular CPD opportunities to upskill existing staff to improve the quality and consistency of teaching and learning.
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  • Increased participation in competitive sport in both Inter and Intra competition