PE and sport premium for primary schools
How much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2016 to 2017, and advice on how to spend it.
Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium in the academic year 2016 to 2017, including:
- schools maintained by the local authority
- academies and free schools
- special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- non-maintained special schools (schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)
- city technology colleges (CTCs)
- pupil referral units (PRUs provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- general hospitals
The following types of school don’t receive this funding:
- nursery schools
- studio schools
- university technical colleges (UTCs)
- independent schools (except for non-maintained special schools, which do receive the funding)
Funding for the PE and sport premium
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding.
In most cases, we determine how many pupils in your school attract the funding using data from the January 2016 school census.
If you are a new school or a school teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2016 to 2017, we will base your funding on data from the autumn 2016 school census.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per pupil.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.
The breakdown of funding for the academic year 2016 to 2017, including conditions of grant, is available.
Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals
Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals, do not receive funding directly from DfE. We give the funding to your local authority and they pass it on to you.
We give local authorities PE and sport premium funding for maintained schools in 2 separate payments. Local authorities receive:
- 7/12 of your funding allocation on 29 October 2016
- 5/12 of your funding allocation on 27 April 2017
If you are a new maintained school or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2016 to 2017, local authorities receive:
- 7/12 of your funding allocation on 31 January 2017
- 5/12 of your funding allocation on 27 April 2017
Academies, free schools and CTCs
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) sends academies, free schools and CTCs their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:
- 7/12 of your funding allocation on 1 November 2016
- 5/12 of your funding allocation on 1 May 2017
If you are a new academy, free school or CTC, or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2016 to 2017, you receive:
- 7/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 February 2017
- 5/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 May 2017
Non-maintained special schools
EFA sends non-maintained special schools their PE and sport premium funding in 2 separate payments. You receive:
- 7/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with EFA after 1 November 2016
- 5/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with EFA after 1 May 2017
How to use the PE and sport premium
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:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- 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
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- 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)
Visit Sports Coach UK’s ‘coaching in primary schools toolkit’ for advice on employing sports coaches for your school and for guidance on the activities sports coaches can help you with.
Watch short films on the Sport England website for more advice on using the PE and sport premium effectively. Sport England produced these films in collaboration with the Association for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass.
You can also contact your local county sports partnership (CSP) for support with spending your PE and sport premium.
Ofsted assesses how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium. You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’. Read the section on ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’.
You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website.
You can download a tool to help you measure and report on the impact of your spending from:
Published: 19 September 2014
Updated: 21 September 2016
- Updated information for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
- Added link to allocations data for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
- Updated information for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
- Added links to Sports Coach UK's coaching portal and to a series of short films about the PE and sport premium.
- Added a link to the County Sports Partnerships (CSP) Network website where schools can find contact details for their local CSP.
- Added the breakdown of funding for the academic year 2014 to 2015, including conditions of grant.
- First published.