Primary PE and Sport 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.

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.

The Department for Education have produced an information document on how much Sport Premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2017/18. Click here to access this.

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 update regarding swimming data from Department for Education

We ask schools to report on their premium spending by April – so we don’t capture all of the academic year. Our intention with the swimming reporting was to ask schools for information on how many of their current year 6 cohort can meet the National Curriculum (NC) requirements by the time we ask for the premium info to be uploaded on schools’ websites. This provides a snapshot of attainment at this point in time – but we recognise that swimming must be taught at either KS1 or KS2 and there may be schools who schedule swimming in the year 6 summer term for their pupils. If a child has met the NC requirements at some point during KS1/2 then they can be counted as having met the requirements in ‘the current yr6 cohort’ – i.e. the teaching doesn’t have to be delivered in year 6, or the child re-tested.

Goals for the extended funding

The Youth Sport Trust has set out five goals to improve children’s formative experiences of PE and school sport for a generation. At the heart of these bold ambitions is better support for primary teachers who currently receive an average of just six hours of initial teacher training in Physical Education.

Using the Primary PE and Sport Premium, the YST believes it is possible to transform schools through:

Quality Mark self-review tool

Youth Sport Trust 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

Youth Sport Trust Resources and Learning is a new 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 Start to Move 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 SGOs 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 pre-requisites. You can access the tool directly via

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.