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Primary PE and Sport Premium

The average school receives approximately £18k across the academic year. This ring-fenced funding is called the Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP).

What is the Primary PE and Sport Premium?

The Government invests around £300m per year directly into primary schools with the objective of achieving self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE, sport and physical activity they deliver. The average school receives approximately £18k across the academic year. This funding is called the Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP).

The long term vision of the funding is 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”.

View the full Department for Education PE and Sport Premium guidance.

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Using the Premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer by:

  • Developing or adding to the PE and sport activities they already offer.
  • Building capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

“Achieving sustainable outcomes is key to any spending of the PE and sport premium.”


There are 5 key areas that schools should use this funding to improve:

  • Increasing confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  • Increasing engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity and sport.
  • Raising the profile of PE and sport across the school, to support whole-school improvement.
  • Offer a broader and more equal experience of a range of sports and physical activities to all pupils.
  • Increase participation in competitive sport.

Schools should not use their funding to:

  • Fund capital expenditure e.g. multi-use games areas and Daily Mile tracks.
  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements.
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum.
  • Buy services that will be delivered or used in following academic years.
  • Buy staff PE kit.


Reporting on the Premium

“The premium must be spent in full by the 31 July.”

Every school, in receipt of the grant, must publish a report on their website explaining how they have used the funding. This report must be published by the end of the summer term or by 31 July at the latest.

To help to ensure schools meet grant conditions, it is recommended that schools use the reporting template commissioned by the DfE. This template can be used to record actions throughout the school year as well as for publication at the end of the school year.

View the full Department for Education conditions of grant.

I’m a PE Subject Leader, what should I do now?

  • Step 1 Audit: look at your current provision using the Youth Sport Trust’s self-review tool.
  • Step 2 Action Plan: use the premium reporting template’s intent and implementation sections to set out how you plan to use the premium to develop your provision further. Consider how it can be used to achieve whole school outcomes such as improving behaviour and attendance. Can you align your spending with your school improvement plan?
  • Step 3 Implement: use the Active Sussex school providers directory (version without colour key) to find a suitable organisation to help support your action plan or check our CPD page for staff training opportunities.
  • Step 4 Monitormake regular checks with students and staff to see whether the actions are having their intended impact.
  • Step 5 Evaluate and Evidence: complete the impact section of the premium reporting template to show what impact the funding has had on pupils at your school. The Active Sussex PPSP Impact Poster can be used to highlight this impact further and can be easily displayed and shared. 

Find out more about PE subject leadership

Want to know more about PE subject leadership? Take a look at the Active Sussex dedicated webpage.

PE Subject Leadership


David Taylor

Active Schools Officer

David works with Sussex schools to put PE, sport and physical activity at the heart of school life. He supports and promotes initiatives, programmes and local offers that develop PE, sport and physical activity provision within education. David also leads on Active Sussex's environmental sustainability work.

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