Evidencing the Impact

YST 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.

Following an announcement by Nadhim Zahawi at our 2018 Conference, the DfE have confirmed that the investment will remain doubled at £320 million for 2018/19.

The Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) have been commissioned by DfE to collaboratively produce new guidance and a template to support schools in evidencing the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, this is available as a PDF here and as a Word document here.

Accountability - Ofsted inspections

Ofsted will assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They will measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Further guidance around what inspectors look for can be found  in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2018.

Online reporting

All maintained schools including schools that have converted to academies You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2019 at the latest.

Online reporting must include:

  • The amount of 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 2018 to 2019 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
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Attainment data for year 6 pupils should be provided from their most recent swimming lessons. This may be data from years 3, 4, 5 or 6, depending on the swimming programme at your school.

New Reporting Template

To help schools plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, the Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education were commissioned to develop a template to record details of the planned spend. 

School Compliance reviews

DfE will sample a number of schools in each local authority to review what they have published on their use of the funding and their swimming attainment. Schools are expected to spend the grant for the purpose it was provided only; to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered.

Understanding the impact case studies

Together with the national partners, including Sports Coach UK, afPE and the CSPN, we have developed case studies that look at the background, actions taken, and impact regarding primary schools' use of the funding across a variety of areas, including health, competition and extracurricular activities. 


Youth Sport Trust and our other national partners, produced a set of short films to act as a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the funding, and physical activity in primary schools, which you can access on Sport England's website.

Primary Premium

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.
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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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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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