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PE & Sport Premium

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

This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is allocated to primary school headteachers and is allocated based on the number of pupils in year 1-6. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools and has been committed to the end of this period of government.

Purpose of funding:

Schools must spend the funding on additional and sustainable improvements to their provision of PE and sport. They will have the freedom to choose how they do this but must use the funding to encourage the development of healthy and active lifestyles.

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

Schools are being held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding.

In the 'Ofsted Education Inspection Handbook 2019' it states that schools will be judged within 'Effectiveness of Leadership and Management' by how effectively leaders use the primary PE and sport premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this. The new framework also includes the areas 'behaviour and attitudes' and 'personal development' of which physical activity can contribute significantly towards.

Schools are also required to include details of how they use their premium on their website. Including each year's expenditure along with evidence of the impact it had. They should also provide information on future plans and the outcomes expected. Parents can then understand what their child has access to and why, both within and beyond the school day as well as compare sports provision between schools.

How can I spend my funding?

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • Provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • Introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • Increase pupils' participation in the School Games
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • Run sports activities with other schools

You should not use your funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
  • fund capital expenditure

Training Support

Maximise your PE and Sport Premium - School Governors

A number of free courses for school governors are arranged regularly in partnership with Educator Solutions to oversee the increased opportunity, expectation and accountability for all primary schools with regard to their PE and Sport Premium funding.

Active Norfolk are available to run sessions for full governing bodies or clusters upon request. Please email Jo Thompson at

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