A Guide to PE & Sport Premium Funding


9. PE and Sports funding

The primary PE and sport premium (“the premium”) will be paid by the Secretary of State for Education (“Secretary of State”) to the local authority (“Authority”) for their distribution to maintained schools. The premium for the academic year is funded over two instalments.

 For the academic year, the first payment will be paid around November while the second instalment will fall in the first half of the following financial year, due May time.

Purpose of the premium: The premium must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the academic year to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Basis of allocation: Allocations for the academic year will be calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (or aged 5 to 10 years where pupils are not recorded by year group), as recorded on January census, as follows: • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.

The premium must be made available by the LA to the school irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share.

The premium is not part of schools’ budget shares and is not part of the Individual Schools Budget.

The premium must be spent by maintained schools on improving the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of pupils to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, must publish, on their website, information about their use of the premium by April each year.

Schools should publish • the amount of premium received; • how it has been spent (or will be spent) and • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment as a result.

Schools should also consider how their use of the premium gives pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle. Individual school allocations for the next academic year are not likely to be confirmed until September 2018. In the financial year 2018-19, schools will receive 35% of their allocation for the academic year 2017-18 and 65% for the academic year 2018-19. For planning purposes schools are advised to use the confirmed allocation for 2017-18 and adjust for significant known pupil eligibility changes.


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 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

For example, you can use your 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

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)


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