Your updated guide to the PE and sports premium

Your updated guide to the PE and sports premium

31 October 2019 By Gemma Maw - Sports Category Buyer at YPO

two primary school children playing badminton

In April, the Department for Education confirmed that the £320 million PE and Sport Premium for primary schools, would continue in the 2019-2020 academic year. The aim of the funding is to help improve the health of future generations.

For 2019 to 2020, schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil and schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

What is the premium and how does it help?

The PE and Sports Premium is funded by the Department for Education, with the purpose of enabling schools to have funding. This can be spent on the PE and sports department of any eligible school to increase physical education, active lifestyles and sports for all primary school pupils.

The premium therefore enables schools to build the foundations of a sustainable sports strategy. This will ensure a lasting improvement on physical activity in schools in the future.

What are the objectives of the premium?

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is ring-fenced and must only be spent on physical education and sport provision in schools.

The funding therefore aims to achieve a self-sustaining improvement in all areas of PE, from the quality of physical education to introducing health focused physical activities and after school sports.

  • Engage all pupils in regular physical activity and healthy active lifestyles
  • Increase confidence, knowledge and skills of PE and sport teaching staff
  • Broaden the range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Encourage the participation of pupils in competitive sports

How could you use your funding?

The premium must be used by schools to make additional improvements to the quality of PE and sport. As well as encourage sustainable developments in sports.

To improve physical education: focus on the PE your school already offers and what more could be done to engage pupils. Spending the funding on the PE lessons in schools can involve;

  • Providing teaching staff with further training and more resources to help teach effectively
  • Investing in updated and new equipment to broaden the variety of sports available
  • Introducing qualified coaches and new sports (e.g. dance and gymnastics) to make PE enjoyable for all pupils

To improve pupil engagement in sports:  make investments that offer opportunities to current and future pupils to regularly engage with sports outside of PE Spending the funding on different chances for pupils to get involved can include;

  • Running and maintaining outside curricular sports clubs that pupils don’t have chance to do in lesson
  • Offering pupil leadership and volunteering opportunities to help run more sports clubs
  • Introducing physical activity in the school day with active travel to school, teaching and playground equipment

How will the premium affect your pupils?

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a fantastic opportunity for schools to make a life changing difference for their pupils. Getting children active who would normally shy away from participating in mainstream sports is not just a confidence booster but a lifestyle change.

Enabling and empowering children who would normally not want to be involved in being active and seeing them participate in new and varied activities is key to their physical and educational development.

What to do once you’ve spent your premium?

Ofsted require schools to publish how they have used their Primary PE and Sport Premium.

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) in conjunction with the Youth Sports Trust have created a simple to use template to publish the use of the premium to ensure a school’s compliance.

YPO is an extremely proud partner of afPE. We would like to know what your thoughts are on the Primary PE and Sport Premium. Do you think it is proving effective in enhancing PE and activity within schools?

Most importantly, what will you as a school most likely be spending your premium on in 2019/20, and what are your biggest challenges in achieving the desired outcomes of the premium programme?

I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch at [email protected]. You can also view our sports range for inspiration and ideas of what your premium could provide your school with.


The Department of Education offer more information about the PE and Sport Premium including how the funding is calculated, other ways to spend the funding and the eligibility of schools.

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