Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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Preparing for Ofsted


Since 2013 Ofsted have increased their coverage of PE and the way in which schools have spent their Primary PE and Sport Premium (PPSP). During section 5 Inspections Ofsted will inspect the use of the PPSP, its impact on pupil outcomes and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. With the doubling of the PPSP in 2017, accountability has been strengthened further.

87% of Sussex Primary School full Ofsted inspections (Section 5) in 2017/18 commented on the PPSP.

Ofsted’s new education inspection framework was rolled out in September 2019 and Active Sussex have developed a useful guide for senior leaders to demonstrate how PE, sport & physical activity fits in with the new framework, including questions for improvement. 

Online Reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding. This must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • number of Year 6 pupils meeting the national curriculum requirements for swimming

For more information and advice on school swimming click here or view the Active Sussex Swimming FAQs.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download the AfPE and YST Template which is available here.

During the Inspection

Ofsted inspections in Sussex have seen inspectors talking to PE practitioners, observing lessons, studying short & long term planning and looking at how schools are evidencing the impact of their spending.

The Ofsted Section 5 handbook identifies key areas that inspectors should ask schools about the Primary PE and Sport Premium. It states that:

  • Inspectors should check “how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.”
  • Governors should “ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the Pupil Premium, Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium, Primary PE and Sport Premium and Special Educational Needs funding.”

It is important that each school has selected a governor to evaluate the use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium. Active Sussex run free governor training workshops to help improve knowledge and understanding of the premium and their role as the Primary PE and Sport Premium governor. For more information please get in contact.

AfPE have created a useful document listing the questions that Ofsted may ask during an inspection which can be found in our ‘Useful Resources’ (top right).

Here are some examples of Ofsted comments on the use of the PPSP from our 17/18 Ofsted Reports Analysis:

“Sports funding is used very effectively to encourage pupils to be active and to enable staff to teach a broad range of sports. Pupils particularly value the ‘sport crew’ who coach younger pupils in a variety of sporting activities during playtimes. Lessons include practical advice on how to make sure that pupils eat healthily. Extra-curricular sporting activities are well attended, including badminton and hockey. Pupils regularly take part in sporting competitions with pupils from other local schools. The school’s records show high participation rates in additional physical education, with over 90% taking part in extra-curricular sporting activities.”

Sussex Primary School (2017/18)


“Sports funding is spent in a sustainable way by training teachers to become more skilled in teaching specific aspects of the sports curriculum. A total of 17 different sport clubs are offered to pupils, which take place before or after school. Leaders have taken a holistic approach to sports funding, working strategically to engage pupils and deliver excellent provision that offers good value for money.”

Sussex Primary School (2017/18)


“Leaders cannot yet demonstrate precisely the impact that pupil premium and sport funding has made to improve provision for pupils. Their monitoring is not evaluative enough nor built on clear evidence. Governors are clear about how pupil premium and sport funding is being spent, but they are not yet challenging leaders to show the impact that this makes on pupils’ achievement.”

Sussex Primary School (2017/18) – REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT

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For more information please contact:

Nick Chellel

Nick Chellel

PE & School Sports Officer

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.