New report out on PE and Sport Premium

The Department for Education (DfE) has released the findings of research that has examined the impact of the Government's PE and Sport Premium investment for primary schools.

The Department for Education (DfE) has today released the findings of research that has examined the impact of the Government's PE and Sport Premium investment for primary schools. The report can be found here.

The findings highlight that 86 per cent of schools reported they are using the premium to up skill and train existing staff. There has also been a large increase in those schools using external sport coaches with an increase 37 per cent to 82 per cent of schools.

Nearly 80 per cent of responding teachers thought that the Premium had increased participation for all children.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

The figures released today show extremely encouraging signs that the PE and Sport Premium funding is improving the quality of PE in primary schools and making a real difference to the lives of young people.

High quality PE and sport at primary schools is so important as it can offer a positive first experience of physical activity that helps develop the fundamental movement skills that lead to lifelong participation.

Baroness Campbell also commented:

"This funding is clearly having a positive impact and it is crucial that this continues. Schools should be using the investment in sustainable solutions and I firmly believe that means investing in existing teaching staff or ensuring that staff are developed professionally.

"For those schools that are using this funding to hire in services through external providers within school hours I would urge them to consider how this will continue to benefit them in two, three or four years time - how sustainable is this approach should investment from any source come to an end or if their own staff are not developed in that time?

"These figures do though show the important role that coaches can play in extra-curricular activities with over 90 per cent of schools using them to extend provision outside of the school day. This can not only support school to club links, but also enhances the important role that schools can play in local communities."

Other key findings from the DfE report include:

  • 86% of schools reported using the premium to up skill and train existing staff.
  • Changes reported by more than two thirds of schools included buying new equipment (76%), providing more extra-curricular activities (74%), and employing a new sports coach (67%).
  • 70% per cent of schools reported making changes to who delivered curricular PE lessons as a result of the funding.
  • Of those who had made changes to their curricular PE staffing, the use of external sport coaches had increased from 37 per cent to 82 per cent of schools, and the use of specialist PE teachers had increased from 22 per cent to 54 per cent of schools. The use of School Sport Partnerships Co-ordinators had also increased from 9 per cent to 29 per cent of schools.
  • 64% per cent of schools reported making changes to who delivered their extra-curricular PE and sport as a result of the premium. Of those who had, the use of external sport coaches had increased from 56 per cent to 91 per cent of schools; and the use of specialist PE teachers from 26 per cent to 47 per cent of schools.
  • The vast majority of schools (91%) reported that due to the funding there had been an increase in the quality of PE teaching, with 9 per cent reporting it had stayed the same.

Sixty-seven per cent of schools reported offering a wider range of sports during curricular time whilst 77 per cent reported doing so during extra-curricular time. On average an additional three sports were offered in both curricular and extra-curricular time compared to the year prior to the premium.

For more informaiton please visit our Primary PE and Sport Premium webpage, as well as our Membership pages to become one of the growing numbers of YST Primary School members.  

Latest news

Elite athletes and parents supported with wellbeing through new initiative

A new partnership which sees 11 national governing bodies of sport work with a national children’s sports charity will help educate up and coming young athletes in the rigours of performance sport, protecting their mental health and wellbeing.
Continue Reading

YST joins #21by21 campaign

The campaign, led by the Sport for Development Coalition and key partners, is aimed at encouraging 21,000 sports coaches and volunteers to become trained in mental health awareness by the year 2021. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to joing the campaign and support future generations of young people.
Continue Reading

Charity urges PM to make PE and sport first order of business

As Boris Johnson is announced as the next PM, children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has reiterated its calls for tackling inactivity to be a national priority. The charity said there is a need for a long-term, joined-up plan to tackle this national crisis and it is encouraging that the new Prime Minister has committed to this being a key pillar of his programme for government.
Continue Reading

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson pledge to tackle inactivity

During YST National School Sport Week 2019, YST along with almost 100 partners wrote a joint letter to the two Conservative Party leadership candidates, urging them to commit to tackling the decline in young people's wellbeing and make it a priority to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes every day. These are their responses.
Continue Reading

Sport sector responds to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan

Leading sports bodies and charities respond to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan.
Continue Reading

Football camp inspires next generation of female coaches

England legend Faye White says it is vital to give girls the confidence and knowledge they need to inspire others and this camp helps girls to develop both coaching and refereeing knowledge.
Continue Reading
More News