What is the PE and Sport Premium?
The PE and Sport Premium is a government funding stream designed to help primary schools improve the quality of PE and sport activities they offer. Schools receive PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, or in cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), the number of pupils aged 5 to 10.
Who receives the funding and how much is it?
Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium. This includes maintained schools and academies, special schools and non-maintained special schools, and pupil referral units (PRUs). Nursery schools and independent schools (other than non-maintained special schools) do not receive the funding.
In 2018-2019, schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils will receive £1,000 per pupil, while schools with 17 or more eligible pupils will receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
Using the PE and Sport Premium
School must use the premium to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
This means that a school should use the premium to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers, or make improvements that will benefit future pupils. For example, you can use your funding to hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers, or to support less active children by running or extending school clubs. Funding shouldn’t be spent on meeting existing curriculum requirements, capital expenditure or employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover PPA arrangements.
Accountability and Online Reporting
Ofsted assesses how you spend your PE and sport premium, looking at how effectively:
- Leaders use the premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils
- Governors hold leaders to account for this