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Primary PE & Sport Premium Funding - Top Tips for effective spending

The Government has published new guidance on the Primary PE & Sport Premium grant, which was doubled this September. What does this mean for your school and how can you ensure you are effectively using the funding?

Posted on Thursday 30th November 2017

Funding for 2017-18

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

School PE and sport

How to use the funding

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:

  1. 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
  2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. 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 – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)


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 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

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record your activity. The Department for Education commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template.

Accountability reviews will be carried out after the April deadline for schools to have published details on their websites of how they have spent their premium funding.

Tips for effective use of the premium funding…

  • Have a clear UNDERSTANDING of the funding and BENEFITS of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.
  • CONSULT with staff, governors and pupils in your school.
  • APPOINT a subject leader for Physical Education & Sport.
  • AUDIT your current provision – consider ALL pupils.
  • IDENTIFY who you need to TARGET with the funding to close the gaps in participation.
  • BUILD on teaching skills and GROW EXPERTISE through professional development opportunities.
  • PRIORITISE your needs and agree your FOCUS areas.
  • Outline your VISION for PE, School Sport & Physical Activity.
  • Have a clear PLAN for how you intend to spend your funding.
  • Be REALISTIC about what you can achieve – ensure that TIME has been allowed to carry out the plan.
  • Ensure your plans are SUSTAINABLE – how will this funding benefit pupils in future years?
  • Have systems in place to MEASURE impact.
  • Consider the WIDER IMPACT of the plan on whole school improvement.
  • EMBED the investment within the school development plan.
  • MONITOR progress at regular intervals.
  • REPORT the impact – share your developments and success stories.

Remember it’s funding for YOUR SCHOOL and therefore decisions on how to use the funding must be made by your school leaders. You KNOW your staff and pupils and are best placed to shape a plan to maximise the benefits of the funding. INVEST in your school and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to your young people.

Guidance & Support

For further information, guidance and support here are some useful links:

There are also local organisations such as School Sport Partnerships and County Sport Partnerships that may be able to help you.

With thanks to Derby City School Sport Partnership for writing this blog post. Website: Follow them on: Twitter @DerbyCitySSP | Instagram @DerbyCitySSP | Facebook /DerbyCitySSP.

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