Primary Premium

YST Primary PE and Sport Premium Guidance
A guide to the ring-fenced funding available for primary schools to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their children.

In March 2013 the Government announced that it would provide additional funding to primary schools to support the improvement of provision of PE and sport. The funding, allocated to headteachers in primary schools is ring fenced and can only be spent on PE and sport in primary schools. The headteacher and governors are accountable for the spending of the funding.

The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport. It is to benefit primary-aged pupils and to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

Funding for the 2020/21 academic year

On 5 July 2020, the Education Secretary confirmed that the primary PE & Sport Premium would continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year. 

It was also confirmed that funding from the 2019-20 academic year that schools have been unable to use as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use in the next academic year.

The announcement followed several statements from ministers on the importance of Physical Education and sport to young people's recovery following school closures and social distancing.

On 29 June, Educuation Minister Vicky Ford MP said the following in response to a written question on young people's wellbeing: "There are well established links between physical activity, improved mental wellbeing and educational attainment and we recognise the importance that children continue to remain fit and active, wherever possible, and have the 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. We are encouraging schools to prioritise physical activity as they welcome more children back to school." Read the full answer.

Earlier in June, the Youth Sport Trust wrote an open letter to the Education Secretary asking for clarity on plans for the 2020/21 PE & Sport Premium.


Funding for 2019/20 academic year

This was confirmed by DfE in April 2019. A total of £320 million will again be made available to primary schools in England to improve the quality of PE and sport. The conditions of funding were released by DfE in October 2019. 


Funding for 2018/19 academic year

Please remember, it is a statutory requirement  that all schools in receipt of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2018/19 have their completed reports live on their school websites by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Schools needing support can access our sustainability toolkit and further guidance using any of the options below.


About the Premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they offer.
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Evidencing the Impact

To help you to maximise your primary school sport funding, we have put together a comprehensive guide on what to consider before making your investment decisions and details of how the Youth Sport Trust can support you.
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YST Premium Toolkit

A series of detailed documents and videos supporting schools to sustain the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
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Premium News

All the latest news from the Youth Sport Trust on what's happening with the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.
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How to spend your Premium

Find out more about the best ways to spend your Premium, more information about what should be avoided, and how we can provide the tools and training to support you.
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Timeline of the Premium

Track the history of the Premium since its origins in 2013 as well as a breakdown of the most recent changes, confirmed in October 2018, and how these impact on schools.
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