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Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding

* Date of next Primary PE and Sport Conference is Friday 12th October 2018 *

General Information

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

What is the Purpose of the Primary PE and Sport Premium?


All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

To ensure sustainability and effective use of this investment, it is important that coaches are only deployed to deliver against indicators of improvement identified from the following:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  • The profile of PE and sport being 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.

Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools with receive £500 per pupil.

Funding is distributed to local authorities, in the additional grant for schools, in late September.

Academies will receive the funding directly from the Education Funding Agency.

Eligible Special Schools will receive their funding directly from the Department's special education needs and disability division.

Possible uses of the Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and Sport but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding include:

* hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE

* new or additional Change4Life sports clubs

* paying for release time and fees associated with professional development for staff delivering PE/Sport

* running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games

* buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/Sport, eg. Create Development's Real PE resource


Schools will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding. Ofsted will stengthen its coverate of sport and PE within the Inspector's Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school's overall provision offered.

Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Sports Coach UK
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Zing Somerset
    Somerset Skills & Learning
  • CPSU