Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.
Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, alongside high-quality PE provision taught by confident and knowledgeable teachers and opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities. PE and sport premium grant funding should be used by schools towards these aims.
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.
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.
Guidance, Documents & Links
Documents & Resources
Primary School Physical Literacy Framework to help support primary schools to develop the physical literacy of all their pupils.
Maximising the Primary PE and Sport Premium through effective professional learning and how to review your professional learning culture.
Physical education programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2- National curriculum in England.
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:
Sports Development Manager
I am currently remote working, so please contact me via email/mobile phone (where provided).
My areas of responsibility are:
- Supporting Children & Young People
- Primary Sport Premium Advisor
- School Sport & Physical Activity Network (SSPAN) Development
- Strategic Management & Business Planning