An Introduction to the PE & Sport Premium

Most primary schools receive a PE and Sport premium each year.

How much?

The amount depends on the number of students in years 1-6 based on the January 2018 school census, but in most cases:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil
  • Schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 and an additional £10 per pupil.


The funding is paid via the local authority for maintained schools and directly to academies in two separate payments (an intial 7/12 of the funding and then 5/12 of the funding). 

How it can be used.

Schools must use the funidng to make additional & sustainable improvemnts to the quality of physical education, physical activity and sports offere by the school. So the premium should be used to: 

  • develop or add to the activities that a school offers
  • build capability (or capacity) within a school to ensure that improvements will benefit future students. 

Some Examples of Funding USe



  • provide staff with professional development or resources such as Cyber Coach 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

It can NOT be used for:

Unfortunately the fund cannot be used: 

  • to employ coaches to cover PPA arrangements; or
  • to fund capital expenditure (we’ll be doing a BLOG on this shortly)


Schools must publish their use of the premium by the end of July on their website. The report must include: 

  • the amount
  • a breakdown on how it was spent
  • the impact of the spend
  • how the improvements will be sustained in future.


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