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 ensure equal access, support all pupils to be active for 60 minutes a day and ensure the delivery of two hours of quality PE for all pupils.

You can read the full guidance, including examples of how to and how not to spend your premium, on the DfE website.

School governor’s play a crucial role in ensuring accountability and effective use of the funding specific to the context of their school. The Department for Education (DfE) and the Local Government Association (LGA), have created a monitoring tool which sets out areas of focus for governing boards evaluating PE and sport premium spending decisions. You can find it here.

Additionally, the Youth Sport Trust has a range of practical tools to help you navigate the funding including our Primary Membership offer which, this year, has many elements specifically aimed at the application and reporting requirements of the premium.

An updated FAQs document, published January 2024, is available here.

PE and Sport Premium Digital Reporting Tool Pilot

The DfE is currently piloting a digital tool for reporting on the PE and Sport Premium. Any school can volunteer to use the tool for their 2023/24 spending reporting. It is an opportunity for those schools to become familiar with the tool before it is is more widely introduced next academic year. Learnings from the pilot will be used in inform future developments of the tool.

Any schools wishing to take part in the pilot will need to submit their online digital reporting by 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2024. Guidance on how to complete the tool can be found here.

Click here to access the tool.

Please do not promote this opportunity via your social media channels. Participating schools will still be required to complete and upload the current PE and Sport Premium reporting template to their school website by 31 July 2024.

Planning your PE and sport premium spend

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.

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

Please log in or register for a free Youth Sport Trust account to download the toolkits.