PE And Sport Premium For Primary Schools

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport 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 specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport 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 after school sport clubs and holiday clubs


In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sport Premium.

This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

  • In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
  • On 6th February 2014 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.
  • On the 17th July 2015 the Department for Education announced that 2015/6 funding will remain at the same level as last year.
  • On 21st September 2016 the Department for Education released its grant conditions for 2016/17.

October 2017 – DfE Publish New Guidance on the Doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium Grant

On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.

The guidance includes:

  • Which schools are eligible to access the funding
  • Funding formula for 2017 to 2018
  • Payment dates for 2017 to 2018
  • How to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium
  • Accountability (Ofsted Inspections, Online Reporting and new the Accountability Reviews)
  • Further Advice

Click HERE to view the guidance, courtesy of GOV.UK.

The purpose of the funding is that schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Objectives: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  • The profile of PE and sport being 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

The following documents evaluate how the school spent its allocation of funding for the relevant academic years.

School PE and Sport Achievements Recognised

In Summer 2017, the school was awarded the AfPE Quality Mark for its commitment to providing outstanding PE and School Sport. The validator noted the improvements that the school has made over recent years, how proudly children speak of the work of the school, the impact of PE on other areas of the curriculum and behaviour and the role of parents.

Click HERE for more information.

In Summer 2017, the school won the North Yorkshire PE and Sport Premium for the category of ‘Whole School Improvement’, celebrating the impact of our spending of the PE Premium on all areas of school life. As a school, we are incredibly proud of this recognition and are continually looking to develop our uses of the Premium so that it continues to impact positively on all children at our school. 

In Summer 2018, the school again won the North Yorkshire PE and Sport Premium Award for the category of ‘Whole School Improvement’. This was the second year in a row that our PE and Sport work has been recognised as being outstanding. Amazingly, in 2018, we won the REGIONAL award for this category, a massive achievement for our school and one which speaks volumes about the quality of what we do.

2019 UPDATE – believe it or not…but we have won the same award for an unbelievable 3 years in a row! A hat-trick of awards! Guess what…we’ll be going for it again in 2020!