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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 and Sport Premium and schools receive PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

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 July 2017, the Government confirmed that primary schools would receive double their allocation of funding from September 2017. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. The increased grant has been confirmed for 2018-19 as well.

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

To view the updated guidance and grant conditions, the amount given to schools and when they will receive it, click here.

Advice on Primary PE and 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

To visit the Government website for further information on the Primary PE and Sport Premium 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 Primary PE & Sport Premium & 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– download our Spending Plan Template or use the AfPE & YST Evidencing the Impact 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 Template created by AfPE and the YST. Use our Primary PE & School Sport Premium 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

School & Community Sports Officer

01273 644106 / 07766 894494

Nick supports Sussex primary schools benefiting from the PE & School Sport Premium and assists with the two main County Sports Partnership programmes for Children & Young People, Sportivate & Satellite Clubs.