How to spend your Premium

YST 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.

Are you unsure about how to appropriately spend your funding? Here's our list of recommendations:

  • Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • Enter or run more sport competitions
  • Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • Raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2
  • Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching.

Meanwhile, the following should be avoided:

  • 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 - with the exception of 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. The DfE does not set the capitalisation policy for each school. School business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on school’s agreed capitalisation policy. They encourage schools to consult with their school business manager, accountant or auditor to determine which items would be considered capital expenditure.

And here's a few ways we can help:

  • Quality Mark self-review tool

YST have created a self-review tool to help you assess your school's current provision and outcomes in PE and school sport. This will help you to identify priorities for development and how to maximise the funding available to you. This is accessible through our membership offer.  

  • Practitioner resources and training

YST Resources and Learning is a range of resources, e-learning and face to face training developed to help tackle the complex and demanding challenges across the whole school. For a range of solutions available to support your school, teachers and young people, please visit our resources and learning area of the website.

Delivering fundamental movement skills for ages 4-7 – discover the TOP Start programme here.

Delivering high quality PE for ages 5-11 – discover the TOP PE programme here.

  • Active School Planner

The Active School Planner is a free to use tool, primarily for primary schools but available to all, designed to track and improve physical activity levels in your pupils. The planner allows schools to demonstrate the principles of an active school and plan activities accordingly. The self-review tool is part of our commitment to support School Games Organisers and the Childhood Obesity Plan; it encourages users to plan and evidence the CMO guidelines and the PE and School Sport Premium by integrating 30 active minutes for every child into the school day. For primary schools, utilising the tool also forms part of the School Games prerequisites. You can access the tool directly via

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