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Primary PE & Sport Premium

Primary PE & Sport Premium

The Government invests £320m per year directly into primary schools with the objective of achieving self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport. This funding is called the Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP) and schools receive the funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

Each year, just under £8.5m will be shared between Sussex state schools, academies and pupil referral units that have primary aged pupils.

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”.

In October half term 2018, the Department of Education confirmed changes to how the PPSP should be spent for the 2018-19 academic year. While the allocation formula will remain unchanged, there have been some significant changes to the guidance, summarised below:

  • The deadline for publishing information on school websites has changed, schools must publish their Primary PE & Sport Premium report by 31st July 2019.
  • There is a new reporting template for 2018-19 which you can access here.
  • The five Key Performance Indicators are unchanged however there is an increased emphasis on all pupils being active every day and further details for schools intending on doing a daily active mile
  • Additional clarification on swimming reporting requirements and how the funding can be spent on to support this
  • PPSP cannot be used to fund capital expenditure

Advice on Primary PE & Sport Premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.

This means that you 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

You should not use your 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 – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
  • fund capital expenditure

To visit the Government website for further information on the PPSP please click here.

How should I spend my Primary PE and Sport Premium?

Step 1 – Audit: look at your existing PE provision using the Youth Sport Trust’s self-review tool or the PPSP & Health Assessment Wheel tool.

Step 2 – Get Strategic: plan how to address weaknesses in your PE provision and how it can be used to achieve whole school outcomes. Can you align your spending with your School Improvement Plan (SIP)?

Step 3 – Development Plan:
make sure it’s on your website as Ofsted & the DfE will check– use the AfPE & YST Evidencing the Impact Reporting Template

Step 4 – Deliver: use our primary providers list to find a suitable organisation to help support your development plan

Step 5 – Evidence:
show the impact of your spending by using the Evidencing Impact Reporting Template created by AfPE and the YST. Use our PPSP Impact Poster for your impact highlights then add it to your website and display in your school.

Check our ‘Useful Resources’ (top right) for best practise case studies of schools utilising the funding effectively.

For useful information about being a PE Coordinator click here.


Ofsted assess how schools are using the primary PE and sport premium, measuring its impact on pupils’ outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account.

For more information on preparing for Ofsted visit out Preparing for Ofsted page.

Online reporting

Schools are required to publish a report of their PPSP spending on their website each year. For more information as to what this report must include, please visit our Preparing for Ofsted page.

Primary PE Page Links:

For more information please contact:

Nick Chellel

Nick Chellel

PE & School Sports Officer

01273 644106 / 07766 894494

Nick leads on supporting Sussex primary schools benefiting from the PE & School Sport Premium and promoting initiatives, programmes and local offers that develop PE, sport and physical activity.