Primary Sport Premium

What is the PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools?

The PE and Sport Premium provides primary schools with £320m of government funding, which is sent direct to schools. Headteachers have flexibility to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)they offer.

Government Vision

The 2019 School Sport and Activity Action Plan expresses the government's commitment that children and young people will have access to a minimum of 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day, where 30 minutes is recommended to take place within the school day. This aligns fully with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for children and young people (CYP) who are aged between 5-18 years of age.

Correlation with Ofsted

Ofsted's new Inspection Framework, gives greater recognition to schools in supporting personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors want to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities with clear evidence of the use of their PE and Sport Premium.

Latest Guidelines

On the 17 June 2021, the Government released the latest information about the PE and Sport Premium for primary schools. It includes information about what to do with any underspend/roll-over from 2020-21.

How to use the PE and Sport Premium?

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that your school provides
  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools should use the premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:

  1. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  2. 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

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of schools' core staffing budgets
  • Teaching the minimum requirements of your existing PE curriculum
  • Funding capital expenditure

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Annie Hargreaves

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