'To build an accountable and sustainable delivery of PE'

The Government invest £320m per year directly into primary schools with the objective of achieving self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport.

There is a long term vision that all pupils leave 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.


  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

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

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)

Funding for the PE and sport premium

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding.

In most cases, we determine how many pupils in your school attract the funding using data from the January 2017 school census.

If you are a new school or a school teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, we will base your funding on data from the autumn 2017 school census.


DfE have announced that the Sports Premium will remain in place at its current funding levels for the 2018-19 academic year.

This premium will continue in 2018-19.

However, the funding rate and details have not been formally confirmed. However it is not expected that these will differ much from the updated increase in 2017-18.

To help schools with budget planning the current year’s guidance is repeated below. This will be updated as soon as information becomes available. The primary PE and sport premium (“the premium”) will be paid by the Secretary of State for Education (“Secretary of State”) to the local authority (“Authority”) for their distribution to maintained schools.

The premium for the academic year is funded over two instalments. For the academic year, the first payment will be paid around November while the second instalment will fall in the first half of the following financial year, due May time. Purpose of the premium: The premium must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the academic year to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle. Basis of allocation:

Allocations for the academic year will be calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (or aged 5 to 10 years where pupils are not recorded by year group), as recorded on January census, as follows: • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil The premium must be made available by the LA to the school irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share. The premium is not part of schools’ budget shares and is not part of the Individual Schools Budget.

The premium must be spent by maintained schools on improving the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of pupils to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, must publish, on their website, information about their use of the premium by April each year. Schools should publish • the amount of premium received; • how it has been spent (or will be spent) and • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment as a result. Schools should also consider how their use of the premium gives pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Individual school allocations for the next academic year are not likely to be confirmed until September 2018. In the financial year 2018-19, schools will receive 35% of their allocation for the academic year 2017-18 and 65% for the academic year 2018-19. For planning purposes schools are advised to use the confirmed allocation for 2017-18 and adjust for significant known pupil eligibility changes.

Department of Education - Guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium and the grant conditions can be found here. A review into the use and impact of the Premium can be downloaded here.

Association for Physical Education has a page dedicated to the Primary PE & Sport Premium

Sport England offer a series of short films for Headteachers and PE subject leads showcasing best practice in the use of the Premium can also be viewed here.