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Primary PE & School Sport Premium

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools.


All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


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

We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:

  • 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

Three posters have been produced to capture the latest national advice and guidance. The posters can be downloaded below:

For guidance on how much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and guidance on how to spend it, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools

To help you evidence the impact of your spend, The Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust have a produced national template. For further guidance or to access the template, please visit: http://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/evidencing-the-impact-guidance-template/

Other sources of advice for schools are below:

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) provide quality assured services and resources, and valuable professional support for their members and the physical education, school sport and physical activity sector. AfPE also has a page dedicated to the Primary PE & Sport Premium which can be found at:http://www.afpe.org.uk/

UK Coaching hosts an online toolkit which provides a wide range of resources relating to coaching in primary schools and can be accessed here: http://www.ukcoaching.org/site-tools/about-uk-coaching/coaching-schools-portal

Sport England offer a series of short films for Headteachers and PE subject leads showcasing best practice in the use of the Premium. They can be viewed at:https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/children-and-young-people/primary-school-sport/

Youth Sport Trust offer a series of guides and resources to support schools to maximise primary school sport funding. For more information please visit: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/PE-sport-premium

"CSPs play a key role in providing support to schools in their use of the Primary PE & School Sport Premium" - Edward Timpson, Under Secretary for State Schools & Families