PE Sports Premium

Primary Sports Premium

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic year 2013-2020 to provide new substantial school sport funding/. This funding is being jointly funded by Department for Education, Department for Health and Culture, Media and Sport. This money will go directly to schools to spend on improving the Quality or PE, School Sport and Physical Activity for all children.

Eligible Schools

Funding for Schools (State maintained schools) will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (5-11) as at the Annual School Census. All school with 17 or more primary aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus a premium of £10 per pupils. Small schools will receive £1000 per pupil.

Purpose of Funding

School will have to spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and Sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialists PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • new or additional Change4Life sports clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/Sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/Sport
  • running sport competitions or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/Sport
  • providing places for pupils on extracurricular clubs and holiday clubs


School will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding. Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE with the Inspectors’ Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision offered.

Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Section 5 Inspection

Ofsted will make judgements on how well the school uses the new Primary PE and Sport Funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in OE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

Ofsted will evaluate and report on the school’s use of the funding by:

  • Observing PE lessons and enrichment activities to determine how inclusive the PE curriculum is;
  • Ask questions and seek evidence to determine whether there has been an increase in participation rates, successes in competitive sport and an increase in the range of provisional and alternative sporting activities on offer;
  • Analysing the PE and sport information on the school’s website;
  • Investigating the governors’’ role in deciding how the school is using the PE and sport premium and determining how well the head teacher and governors are evaluating the performance of the school against the use of the premium;
  • Asking pupils what’s new and what is different in PE and sport;
  • Looking at the way partnership work in PE has improved along with the schools relationship with other schools and other PE partners and organisation.

Best Practice

Schools will be able to draw on information on effective practice taken from case studies provided by the very best schools. One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure and its impact.