PE and Sport Premium for primary schools 2017/18

Physical Education and Sport Premium – what is it?

The Physical Education (PE) and Sport Premium provides funding for primary schools to help them improve the quality of PE, physical activity and sport. Most schools with primary age pupils receive this funding, with the exception of independent schools.

How much funding do London’s primary schools receive?

Based on data collected from the January census each year, schools receive PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (ages 5 to 10).

  • 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

Funding has now also been confirmed at the same level for 2018/19 academic year.

When do they receive their funding?

Maintained schools, including Pupil Referral Unit’s (PRUs) and general hospitals

Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals, do not receive funding directly from Department of Education (DfE). The funding is given to the schools  local authority which is then passed onto the school.

The DfE will give local authorities PE and Sport Premium funding for maintained schools in two separate payments. Local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of the funding allocation on 31 October each year
  • 5/12 of the funding allocation on 30 April each year

For new maintained schools or those who are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of the funding allocation each year
  • 5/12 of the funding allocation each year

Academies, free schools and City Technology Colleges (CTCs)

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) sends academies, free schools and CTCs their PE and Sport Premium funding in two separate payments, as explained below:

  • 7/12 of the funding allocation on each year
  • 5/12 of the funding allocation each year

For new academy’s, free school’s or CTC’s, or those who are teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2017 to 2018, the payment details are:

  • 7/12 of the total funding allocation each year
  • 5/12 of the total funding allocation each year

Non-maintained special schools

ESFA sends non-maintained special schools their PE and Sport Premium funding in two separate payments, as explained below:

  • 7/12 of the funding with the first payment after 1 November each year
  • 5/12 of the funding with the first payment after 1 May each year

Advice for school’s on how to spend their PE and Sport Premium

Schools should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that their school already offers
  • Build capacity and capability within the school’s provision, helping to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

In delivering additional improvements that enhance rather than maintain provision, it is expected that schools will see an improvement across the following 5 key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that children aged 5-16 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.

When exploring each of the 5 key indicators above, it is useful to consider asking these four questions for every indicator:

  1. Where are you now?
  2. What will you do to develop this area?
  3. What impact are you looking for?
  4. Is it sustainable?

Schools can use their funding to:

  • Provide existing 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 provision
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • Enter or run more sports competitions, form partnerships and run sports activities with other schools and clubs
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support physical activity and sport within the school
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the requirements of the national curriculum
  • Help embed physical activity into the school day through active travel, active playgrounds and active pedagogy

Schools should not use their 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)


Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Details of what inspectors look for is in the effectiveness of leadership and management section (page 45) of ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’.

Website information

Schools are required to publish details of how they spend their PE and Sport Premium funding on their website. This must published by the 4th April 2018. This must include:

  • The amount of funding received
  • A full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future.
  • How many pupils within their school are meeting swimming attainment targets

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

Evidencing the impact guidance template 


How many year 6 pupils are meeting the national curriculum requirement for swimming

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year there is a new condition that requires schools to publish how many pupils within their year six 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. Schools can get advice and resources to help deliver swimming lessons successfully in primary schools below.

Using the PE and Sports Premium – School Swimming


Accountability reviews

Schools must publish details of how they spend their PE and Sport Premium funding by the 1 April 2018.

Accountability reviews will be carried out after the April deadline.. A number of schools in each local authority will be sampled, with the schools chosen based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with the online reporting requirements.

Support from London Sport

We are the experts on physical activity and sport in London and can offer impartial advice to schools, providing a signposting service to relevant sources of support and resources to meet school’s needs. We seek to help schools by:

  • Promoting and clearly advocating to schools the guidance from the DfE
  • Providing assistance in planning what to do to improve provision by signposting towards appropriate tools and/or resources
  • Advocating the value of PE, school and community sport/activity through communicating with schools across London
  • Providing advice on the use of external appropriate and high-quality coaches and volunteers in line with recognised minimum standards and good practice
  • Linking schools to community opportunities (such as sports clubs, leisure providers and local sporting events)
  • Advocating best practice transition work that supports children leaving primary schools
  • Working directly with a smaller number of primaries – the ones that want and need help – to make effective use of the premium
  • Where it is required, allocating a mentor to provide direct support to schools.

Further advice

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

Visit Coaching’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, UK Coaching and UK Active Kids.

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

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