Primary PE & School Sport Premium

The Government’s PE and School Sport vision and objectives which are supported by national partners Sport England, afPE, Youth Sport Trust, UK Coaching and County Sports Partnership Network are as follows:


All pupils leaving 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


To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:

  • 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 being 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


How to use the PE and 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 Schools should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that their 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.

For example, Schools can use their funding to:

  • Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • Enter or run more sport competitions
  • Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching


Active miles:
Where schools choose to take part in an active mile, you should use your existing playgrounds, fields, halls and sports facilities to incorporate an active mile into the school day and develop a lifelong habit of daily physical activity.

Raising attainment in primary school swimming:
The premium can be used to fund the professional development and training that are available to schools to train staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.

The premium may also be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. At the end of key stage 2 all pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water.

Schools are required to publish information on the percentage of their pupils in year 6 who met each of the 3 swimming and water safety national curriculum requirements.


Schools should not use their 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


Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook’.


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

You are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Attainment data for year 6 pupils should be provided from their most recent swimming lessons. This may be data from years 3, 4, 5 or 6, depending on the swimming programme at your school.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record and publish your activity. The template created by afPE and YST can be downloaded here.


School compliance reviews

A number of schools will be sampled in each local authority area to review what they have published on their use of the funding and their swimming attainment. Schools are expected to spend the grant for the purpose it was provided only; to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered.

Sport England has asked County Sports Partnerships and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to work with Local Education Authorities and School Games Organiser Networks / School Sport Partnerships to help schools with the roll out of this funding. As such Energize (the County Sports Partnership for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin) is working with both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils with support from the YST to help local primary schools maximise the impact of this funding.

The below provides an indication of support available:

– An online self-review tool to help schools assess their strengths and priorities.

– A PE and School Sport CPD Programme to up skill primary school staff.

– An online guide to highlight the offers/opportunities available through National Governing Bodies of Sport.

– An online directory of local coaching providers, including a minimum coaching standards guide to clearly highlight what to look for when employing a coach.

– An eBulletin to provide the latest PE and School Sport news/opportunities – to sign up please scroll down the right hand side of this page

To access the above resources please click here to be redirected to our Information & Guidance section.

Energize have identified Harry Cade, Engagement Manager – Education & Families, as their lead officer and we would encourage you to use him as your point of contact in the first instance to access support for school sport. Harry is also working closely with the School Games Organisers and he will ensure that they are involved and engaged as appropriate.

Email: Tel: 07539 377701