Primary PE & Sport Premium

The PE and sport premium defines the £320 million of government funding provided to primary schools to support them with making sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets.

About the PE and sport premium

Into its tenth year, the Primary PE and sport premium supports schools to provide pupils with an enriching curriculum that inspires more young people to get active, and enjoy the life changing benefits that come from play, sport and physical activity.

The Department for Education (DfE) states that the premium should be used to develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that your school provides, and build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

You can read the full guidance, including examples of how to and how not to spend your premium, on the DfE website. Additionally, the Youth Sport Trust can support you with practical advice, guidance and tools to ensure maximum impact of the premium for your school, staff and pupils.

Funding for 2023/24 and beyond

On the 08 March 2023, Government announced a package of support for school sport funding, including confirmation of over £600 million across the next two years for the PE and Sport Premium. You can read the official government announcement here.

You can read the Youth Sport Trust’s response to the announcement in full here.

In order to provide schools with more details on what the funding announcement means for them, we are hosting an online briefing open to all schools.

School Sport Funding Announcement Webinar – What it means for schools

Tuesday 18 April 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


  • Overview of the latest announcements
  • Update on the PE and Sport Premium and the latest accountability requirements and tools to support this
  • Equal access to sports in schools – what does that mean for you?

Please click here to register your place.

This event is open to all schools including members and non-members of the Youth Sport Trust. Please share the registration link amongst your networks.

Planning your PE and sport premium spend

The funding allows schools to target their greatest challenges in relation to ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives.

Improvements and clear objectives should align with the five key indicators which are listed below. Here you can also download our toolkits for each key indicator, which contain guidance and review tools for sustaining the impact of the funding.

  1. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport - DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT
  2. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT
  3. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement - DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils - DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport - DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT

Ensure your action planning is clear and follows these steps...

Intent - Take stock and be clear on your current position. Consider impact to date, review data that has been collected, and agree the issues and challenges you still need to overcome.

Implementation - What actions, approaches and interventions are you going to invest in to meet your key indicator objectives? Be targeted and clear on the measures of success.

Impact - Ensure you have what you need to demonstrate success. This might include revisiting baselining, using whole school data or qualitative measures such as images or videos.