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PE & Sport Premium Funding


In March 2013 the Government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per year, 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 funding is ring-fenced and is supposed to only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.

  • In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osborne announced an additional year's £150 million of 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 & Sport Premium until 2020. 
  • On 17th July 2017, the Department for Education confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium would double from September 2017.
  • On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.
  • On 30th April 2019 the Department for Education confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue, at the doubled rate (£320 million) for 2019-2020.


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

This means that schools should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that their school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • The profile of PE and sport is 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.

For example, schools can use their funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching.

Schools should not use their funding to:

  • employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of their core staffing budgets
  • teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
  • fund capital expenditure.


  • Where schools choose to take part in an active mile, they should use their existing playgrounds, fields, halls and sports facilities to incorporate an active mile into the school day and develop a lifelong habit of daily physical activity.


Schools receive the PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in Years 1 to 6 (between the ages of 5 and 11).  Children in Nursery and Reception are not included in the funding allocation. 

The 2018-2019 funding amount is based on how many pupils in each school attract the funding, using data from the January 2018 school census, as follows:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Walton Oak will receive £19,510 of PE & Sport funding. 



Schools must publish details of how they spend their PE and Sport Premium funding by the end of the summer term, or by 31st July 2019 at the latest.  This is different to last year’s reporting deadline.

Online reporting must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

Schools are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within their Year 6 cohort in the 2018 to 2019 academic year who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situation.

Attainment data for Year 6 pupils should be provided from their most recent swimming lessons. This may be data from years 3, 4, 5 or 6, depending on the swimming programme at each school.  


Ofsted assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

 Additional sports funding is used particularly well by leaders to inspire pupils to participate in physical activities. Pupils show great enthusiasm when taking part in tournaments and relish competing on behalf of Walton Oak. Leaders’ commitment to providing a wealth of enjoyable sporting activities ensures that pupils develop positive attitudes to physical activity.

Ofsted, November 2017   


PE and Sport Premium Documents:

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2018-2019)

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2017-2018)

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2016-2017)

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2015-2016)

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2014-2015)

PE and Sport Premium Evidence Document (2013-2014)