Guidance

PE and sport premium for primary schools

How much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2017 to 2018 and advice on how to spend it.

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium in the academic year 2017 to 2018, 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:

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 2017 school census.

If you are a new school or a school teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, we will base your funding on data from the autumn 2017 school census.

Funding for 2017 to 2018

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.

The breakdown of funding for the academic year 2016 to 2017, including conditions of grant, is available.

Payment dates for 2017 to 2018

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 31 October 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 30 April 2018

If you are a new maintained school or if you are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of your funding allocation on 31 January 2018
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 30 April 2018

Academies, free schools and CTCs

The Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) 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 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding allocation on 1 May 2018

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 2017 to 2018, you receive:

  • 7/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 February 2018
  • 5/12 of your total funding allocation on 1 May 2018

Non-maintained special schools

ESFA 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 ESFA after 1 November 2017
  • 5/12 of your funding with the first payment you have scheduled with ESFA after 1 May 2018

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 you offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your 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, you can use your funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • 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
  • provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

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)

Accountability

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses 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.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding. This must include:

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

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools. You can get advice and resources to help deliver swimming lessons successfully in primary schools.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record your activity. The Department has commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template, which is available at:

Accountability reviews

Accountability reviews will be carried out after the April deadline for schools to have published details on their websites of how they have spent their premium funding. We will sample a number of schools in each local authority, with the schools chosen based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with the online reporting requirements.

Further advice

You can get further advice, including best practice examples of how schools are using their premium effectively, on the gov.uk teacher blog.

Visit Sports Coach UK’s ‘coaching in primary schools toolkit’ for advice on employing sports coaches for your school.

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, the County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass.

Find advice from Public Health England on what works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people.

You can also contact your local county sports partnership (CSP) for support with spending your PE and sport premium.

Published 19 September 2014
Last updated 24 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the academic year 2017 to 2018.
  2. Added details about funding for 2017 to 2018.
  3. Updated information for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
  4. Added link to allocations data for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
  5. Updated information for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
  6. Added links to Sports Coach UK's coaching portal and to a series of short films about the PE and sport premium.
  7. Added a link to the County Sports Partnerships (CSP) Network website where schools can find contact details for their local CSP.
  8. Added the breakdown of funding for the academic year 2014 to 2015, including conditions of grant.
  9. First published.