Sports Premium

What is PE and sport premium? 

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools. In February 2014 the government committed to continue the funding until 2020.


How much funding will schools receive? 

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils between the ages of 5-11 on roll will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus an additional premium of £5 per pupil. Schools with up to 17 pupils will receive the sum of £500 per pupil. Schools will receive the funding in two lump sum payments annually. Timings of these payments vary depending on the type of school.


In 2019-2020, many schools had an underspend on their PE funding, due to COVID, school closures and the measures in place to keep children safe. In October 2020, schools were instructed to budget for this spend alongside their finding for 2020-2021. At TPA, we have recorded how we have spent the carried forward underspend in a separate document, found at the right hand side of the page.


What does the new sugar tax mean for the PE and sport premium funding? 

In 2016, the government announced that revenue from the soft drinks industry levy will be used to double the primary school PE and sport premium from £160 million per year to £320 million per year from September 2017, to help schools support healthier, more active lifestyles. This additional funding has enabled primary schools to make further improvements to the quality and breadth of PE and sport they offer.


How should the funding be used? 

The PE and sport premium must be spent by schools on ‘making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport’ for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. This means that the funding should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that schools already offer and/or make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. With this in mind, schools can choose how they use the funding. 

For example, funding can be used to: 

hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers 

provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more confidently and effectively 

introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take part 

support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs 

run sport competitions 

increase pupils’ participation in the school games 

run sports activities in partnership with other schools 

Funding cannot be used: 

to employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) 

for teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study, including those specified for swimming


Will Ofsted inspect the impact of the PE and sport funding? 

Inspectors will use evidence gained from meetings with school leaders, including governors, to assess the impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of the PE and sport provision in the school. They will look at 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. Inspectors may also review the details of a school’s PE and sport provision on its website prior to an inspection. Essentially, they will want to ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the primary PE and sport premium. Primary schools must ensure they publish on their school website information about their use of the PE and sport premium funding.