Primary PE and Sport Premium

Information and guidance on how best to utilise your Primary PE and Sport Premium.

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The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government's commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day.

With a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week). The Daily Boost can help you achieve this.

The PE and sport premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offer in their school.

You should use the PE and sport premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

How to use the PE and Sport Premium

Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that your school provides – see the breadth of programmes that LRS and your SSPAN offer to support you with this, including the Daily Boost, School Games, Fundamental Movement, Active Travel, targeted programmes for inactive young people.

Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years – see our Level 5 Primary PE Specialism Course which is ran annually.

You should not use your funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets.
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – apart from top-up swimming lessons after pupils' completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
  • Fund capital expenditure – DfE does not set the capitalisation policy for each school – school business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school's agreed capitalisation policy.

Latest Updates - COVID-19

June 21: The Education Secretary has announced that primary schools will continue to benefit from the £320 million Primary PE and Sport Premium monies for 2021/22 and can carry over underspends for previous funding until July '22 to prioritise children's activity with education recovery.

The Department for Education is extending the 31 March deadline for schools to spend their PE and sport premium grant from the academic year 2019/20.

Schools will now be able to spend carried forward funding until the end of this academic year (2020/21). Click here to read more.


You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2021 at the latest. If you have any carried forward funding from academic year 2019 to 2020 you should show separately how this funding has been spent and confirm that it has been spent before 31 March 2021.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, partners in the physical education and school sport sector have developed a template. The template is attached and can also be accessed through the Association for PE and Youth Sport Trust websites. It is recommended that the template is used to record your activity throughout the year, as well as for publication at the end of the school year.

Review of online reports

Active Together review the published information on schools' websites to ensure it meets the requirements on PE and sport premium funding and swimming attainment. The results are then shared with DfE and help to ensure that Active Partnerships can offer schools in their local area the most relevant support.

Guidance, Documents & Links

Documents & Resources

Raising attainment in Primary School Swimming

You can also use the PE and sport premium to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the 3 national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety - after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons.

You are required to publish information on the percentage of pupils in year 6 who met each of the 3 national curriculum requirements. Further details are in the online reporting section of this guidance.

Further information on training and resources, including advice on the use of the PE and sport premium, is available from Swim England.

If you or your school would like any guidance, advice or a 1-1 visit to your school, on the use of your Primary Sport Premium funding or generically on your PE & School Sport offer, please contact:

Geoff Maltby

Geoff Maltby

Active Together

Sports Development Manager

I am currently remote working, so please contact me via email/mobile phone (where provided).

My areas of responsibility are: