What is the Primary PE & Sport Premium for Primary Schools?

The Government has continued to invest £320 million into Primary Schools for 2020/2021 with the objective of achieving additional and self-sustaining improvements in the quality of PE and sport. This year also includes any carry forward funding (underspend) from 2019/2020 which must be spent by 31st March 2021.

There is a long term vision that all pupils leave 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.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

How to use the PE and Sport Premium

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

The 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across have remained the same:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical
  2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport

Click here to download these 5 Key indicators in poster form from the AfPE site.

Click here to find the Government guidance on how to spend your PE and Sport premium funding

There are also good practice examples produced by Active Derbyshire and Active Notts and the 7 top tips for spending the Primary PE and sport premium, found on the Association for PE and Youth Sport Trust websites,  which give further suggestions for how the PE and sport premium might be used to deliver on the 5 key indicators.

The Association for PE has produced a PE and sport premium FAQ which may also be helpful in deciding how to use the funding

The funding should not be used for:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets
  • Teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study – curriculum – apart from 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)
  • Funding capital expenditure– the Department for Education does not set the capitalisation policy for each school. School business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school’s agreed capitalisation policy
How is the PE and Sport Premium monitored?

Schools are accountable for the use of the PE and Sport premium and must follow the terms and conditions in the conditions of grant documents.

As the Hertfordshire Active Partnership, we are required to monitor the use of school’s PE and Sport Premium.  Schools must publish details of how they spend their PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2021 at the latest. We strongly recommend that you upload an outline version with your intentions and how it will be implemented by January 2021 and then update the plan regularly. Any carried forward funding from academic year 2019 to 2020 should be shown separately and how this funding has been spent. This underspend MUST be spent before 31 March 2021.

Online reporting must include:

  • the amount of PE and sport 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

There must also be evidence of pupil’s swimming attainment, detailing the percentage of pupils within the year 6 cohort in 2020/2021 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, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

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 your school. It is essential to retain attainment data from swimming lessons in years 3 to 5 to be able to report this accurately in year 6.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, partners in the physical education and school sport sector have developed a template. The template can be accessed through the Association for PE and Youth Sport Trust websites. It is recommended that the template is used to record your activity throughout the year, as well as for publication at the end of the school year.

Further advice

You can get further advice at: