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Sport Premium

Primary PE and Sports Premium

In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sport Premium.
This funding is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
The package, outlined below, announced on 8th March 2023 will help to boost equal opportunities in PE and school sport both inside and outside the classroom, delivering on promises made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to the Women’s Euro 22 winners, the Lionesses.
The full package includes:
  • Over £600 million across the next two academic years (2023-24 & 2024-25) for the continuation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium – a funding commitment to improve the quality of PE and sports in primary schools to help children benefit from regular activity.
  • Schools to deliver a minimum 2 hours of curriculum PE – with more support being offered through a refreshed School Sport Action Plan. £22 million for two years of further funding for the School Games Organiser network (SGO) – Annually the 450 strong SGO workforce supports 2.2m participation opportunities for children including 28,000 competitive school sport events.
  • Equal access to sports in school – setting out that offering girls and boys the same sports, where it is wanted is the new standard.
  • Up to £57 million funding for the ‘Open Sports Facilities’ programme – to open up more school sport facilities outside of school hours especially targeted at girls, disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs.
  • A new digital reporting tool for Primary PE and Sport Premium – to support schools in using the funding to the best advantage of their pupils.
  • Expansion of the Schools Games Mark – to reward parity of provision for girls.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. The reporting deadline for this current academic year is 31st July 2024 but we strongly recommend that you update it regularly.

Schools must publish the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received for this year 2023-24; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity, participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future.

Head Teachers, Subject Leaders and Governors will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are grant compliant in demonstrating effective use of the grant to achieve a sustainable impact.

  • Click HERE to download an editable PDF copy of the template.
  • Click HERE to download an editable Word copy of the template.

5 Key Indicators

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
  1. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  2. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  3. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport
Download the Key Indicators Poster HERE.
As announced on 19th July 2023, there will be a new Primary PE and Sport Premium digital reporting tool for schools. This digital tool will capture details on how a school has used its PE and Sport Premium and the impact it has had on achieving the aims and objectives of the funding.
The information gathered will include:
  • Figures on the overall spend
  • What the funding has been spent on
  • Whether there is any unspent funding
  • Swimming and water safety attainment
The DfE will pilot the digital tool for the academic year 2023 to 2024. It will be a mandatory requirement for schools to complete it from the 2024 to 2025 academic year.
The digital tool will provide a further measure of accountability and will help identify any non-compliant spending of the PE and sport premium. The DfE intend on launching the tool in May/June 2024. They will send information to schools closer to this date, including details of training sessions on how to complete the digital form. In the meantime, please use the existing reporting template, linked above.

Newly Updated FAQs Resource – January 2024

To support the PESSPA sector, the Primary PE and sport premium FAQs, created by the Association for Physical Education and Youth Sport Trust and commissioned by the Department for Education, has been updated as of January 2024 and is now available to download for free.

Primary PE and sport premium FAQs free resource – January 2024 HERE.


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