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

Each year, the Government invests £320 million into Primary Schools with the objective of achieving self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport.

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.

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

  1. 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
  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

The Secretary of State has released very clear guidelines regarding what the funding should not be used for.

The money should not be spent:

  • 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 – including those specified for swimming.
  • 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 eg not to be used for resurfacing the playground as this would need to be done anyway
How is the PE and Sport Premium monitored?

As the Hertfordshire Active Partnership, we are required to monitor the use of school’s PE and Sport Premium. The Department for Education and the Department of Health require schools to publish their spending information on their websites. 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

There must also be evidence of pupil’s swimming attainment, detailing the percentage of pupils within the year 6 cohort 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 situations

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’s 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:


Taken from the Government PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools guidance 

The £320 million PE and sport premium will continue for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Individual school allocations will be confirmed in due course.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The below coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance section provides answers to questions that schools and other organisations may have about the PE and sport premium.

  1. Use of the PE and sport premium to support online delivery and other uses
    The existing guidelines regarding the use of the PE and sport premium continue to apply. These guidelines already permit a significant amount of flexibility in how the PE and sport premium can be used. Any use of the PE and sport premium should continue to support at least one of the key indicators. The restrictions on using the PE and sport premium remain current.
  2. Online reporting deadline
    At present the 31 July 2020 deadline still holds, however we are keeping this position under review.
  3. Reporting swimming and water safety attainment data
    We recognise that schools’ ability to collect swimming and water safety attainment data may have been interrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Any data that schools do hold regarding swimming and water safety attainment should be entered into the online report with a note to clarify the proportion of the year group that this relates to and any other limitations of the data. Where no data is held, schools should state this in the online report.
  4. Flexibility to carry forward any unspent PE and sport premium grant funding
    As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department for Education has taken steps to relax the ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium in the 2019 to 2020 academic year to allow any unspent grant to be carried forward into the next academic year (2020 to 2021). Where schools are carrying forward under-spends, their published online report should set out the amount being carried forward and give brief reasons for this under-spend.

    Any under-spends carried forward will need to be spent in full by 31 March 2021 and schools should factor this into spending plans for their 2020 to 2021 PE and sport premium allocation. The 2019 to 2020 conditions of grant document has been updated to reflect this exceptional amendment to the ring-fencing of the grant.

    The conditions of the grant contain the additional statement ‘In year variation’ below

  5. Purpose of the premium
    The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

In year variation
The premium does not have to be completely spent by schools in the academic year beginning 1 September 2019, some or all of it may be carried forward into the academic year beginning 1 September 2020 but must be spent by 31 March 2021.