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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 2020, the Department for Education updated:

2019-21 Underspend

All unspent Primary PE and Sport Premium funding can now be carried over to the 2021/22 academic year and must be spent by 31 July 2022.

Take a look at the Seven Top Tips for Spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium for inspiration this year.

How schools need to report on the PPSP

One of the key grant conditions is that every school in receipt of the grant, should produce a report on their utilisation each year. This report should be made available on the school’s website. The deadline for schools to publish their report (including the impact it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment) is by the end of the summer term or the 31st July 2021 at the latest.

To help to ensure schools meet grant conditions, it is fully recommended that schools use the reporting template designed and created by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and Youth Sport Trust (YST). The new reporting template for 2020-21 can be accessed here.

“It is recommended that the template is used to record your activity throughout the year, as well as for publication at the end of the school year.”

For more information as to what this report must include, please visit our Preparing for Ofsted page.

Advice on Primary PE & 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 the premium should be used 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 – the Department for Education does not set the capitalisation policy for each school. School business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school’s agreed capitalisation policy

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

How should schools spend the 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 or check our CPD page for staff training opportunities. 
  • 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.

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For more information please contact:

David Taylor

David Taylor

Primary PE & School Sport Officer

07511 404116

David leads on supporting Sussex primary schools receiving the PE and Sport Premium. He promotes initiatives, programmes and local offers that develop PE, sport and physical activity within primary education.