New to PE and Sport Premium?

Creating a programme of PE, school sport and physical activity which meets the needs of everyone is challenging, especially with an average of 260 pupils in each primary school.

That’s 260 individual personalities, 260 individual needs and 260 reasons for needing or enjoying an active life. On top of which you’ve got to balance the delivery and demand for sport and physical activity, alongside the need to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum.

The UK Department for Education invests £320 million every year into primary schools to help support their delivery of a high-quality physical education (PE), physical activity and school sport programme that is self-sustainable and promotes a healthy and active lifestyle.

As PE is a statutory requirement for every child – schools should use Primary PE and Sport Premium funding to prioritise the development of physical competency and personal development for all pupils and improve capacity and capability for future pupils.



What should your school be spending the funding on?

Any use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium should support at least one of these 5 key indicators:


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

Expectations to meet this key indicator include:

  • providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children
  • encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes
  • establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sports clubs and activities and holiday clubs, or broadening the variety offered
  • adopting an active mile initiative
  • raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage

2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement

  • encouraging pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school (such as ‘sport leader’ or peer-mentoring schemes)
  • embedding physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active break times and active lessons and teaching


3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  • providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively to all pupils, and embed physical activity across your school

4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

  • introducing new sports and physical activities (such as dance, yoga or fitness sessions) to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • partnering with other schools to run sport activities and clubs
  • providing more (or broadening the variety of) extra-curricular activities after school in the 3 to 6pm window, delivered by the school or other local sport organisations
  • New Ofsted framework – greater recognition to schools working to support the personal development of pupils – healthy eating, mental health etc…

5. Increased participation in competitive sport

  • increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • organising, coordinating or entering more sport competitions or tournaments within the school or across the local area, including those run by sporting organisations.



The links below will take you to a range of useful documents for more information:

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