PE and sport premium

The PE and sport premium provides primary schools with £320 million of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets.  

The funding is allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. 

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. See the allocated funding breakdown here.

How to use the PE and sport premium:

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvemnets to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport they provide.

The use of the funding is measured against five key indicators:

Ideas for Schools

During the 2019/20 academic year, London Sport supported four organisations to deliver their sport and physical activity products in several London primary schools. 

Watch these videos to see how effective they were, and how they got pupils engaged in activity.

Marathon Kids
Gym Run
Active Movement
You should NOT use your funding to:
  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – this should be funded from your core staffing budgets.
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – apart from top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
  • Fund capital expenditure – DfE does not set the capitalisation policy for schools, if you are in any doubt as to whether your proposed spending is deemed as capital expenditure, you should first speak with your school business manager or school accountant and their auditors.
Online reporting
  • You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by 31 July 2022 at the latest. 
  • Evidencing the Impact – Reporting Template
  • The DfE will randomly monitor a number of schools in each local authority.

Online reporting must clearly show: 

  • The amount of PE and sport premium received.
  • A full breakdown of how it has been spent.
  • The impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment.
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future.

You are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort in the 2021 to 2022 academic year who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Further Guidance

More information

For more information on the PE and School Sport Premium, please contact info@londonsport.org