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What is the PE and Sport Premium?

The PE and Sport Premium is funding that most schools recieve to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education, physical activity and sport that is offered by primary schools.

Who is eligible to recieve funding?

Most schools are eligible to recieve the PE and Sport Premium for 2018 to 2019. The organisations that are eligible include:

  • Schools maintained by the local authority
  • Academies and free schools
  • Special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
  • Non-maintained special schools (schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)
  • City technology colleges (CTCs)
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
  • General hospitals

 However the following organisations are not eligble to recieve the PE and Sport Premium:

  • Nursery schools
  • Studio schools
  • University technical colleges (UTCs)
  • Independent schools (except for non-maintained special schools, which do receive the funding)

When do primary schools recieve the PE and Sport Premium funding?

Local authorities are responsible for making the payments to maintained schools including Pupil Referal Units and General Hospitals. Local authorities recieve the funding from the Department for Education (DfE) in two payments by the following dates:

  • 30 October 2018
  • 30 April 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) are responsible for making payments to academies, free schools and city technology colleges. The payments are again made in two instalments after the following dates:

  • 1 November 2018
  • 1 May 2019

How should schools use the PE and Sport Premium funding?

Primary schools have to use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education, physical activity and sport you offer. This means they schould use it to 

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that the 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

Key Performance Indicators

Schools should use the PE and Sport Premium to meet the following key performance indicators:

  • 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

We took a look at how primary schools were doing to ensure 30 minutes of physical activity were taking place in schools. You can read the article here.


The Department of Education provide examples of how schools can use the PE and Sport Premium which are listed below:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • 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
  • raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching


Active Miles

Primary schools are encouraged to encorporate an active mile to encourage children to run a mile every day in the hope that this will inspire children to take up running and develop a lifelong habit of daily physical activity.

Raising attainment in primary school swimming

The PE and Sport Premium can also be used to raise attainment in swimming. They can use the funding to train teachers to support high quality swimming and understand water safety in lessons. 

They can also use the PE and Sport Premium to support pupils who are struggling to meet the national curriculum standards for swimming and water safety by supporting them to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water by the end of key stage 2.

Active Lives Education help many schools meet their outcomes. If you would like to discuss how we can help then get in touch below


How are schools held accountable for their PE and Sport Premium funding?

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted are responsible for assessing how schools use the primary PE and Sport Premium. They will look how effectively school governers hold senior leadship into account for the use of the PE and Sport Premium funding in addition to measuring the impact on pupils outcomes.

We find that many schools new schools we work with, dont understand how to measure or assess the effectiveness of PE. Many school teachers that we support didnt know the capabilities of their pupils in relation of PE prior to working with us. We've got a teacher mentoring programme in place that supports teacher to deliver high quality PE.

School compliance reviews

The Department of Education take a sample from primary schools in each local authority and review what they have published on their use of the PE and Sport Premium funding and their swimming attainment.


Online Reporting

Primary schools have to publish a report on how they have spent their PE and Sport Premium funding for 2018/19 by the end of July 2019.

The report must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

The report must also include the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort in the 2018 to 2019 academic year 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.

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