Vision and Objectives

The Primary PE and School Sport Premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of PE and sport activities offered to their pupils. 

The Government’s PE and School Sport vision and objectives, which are supported by national partners Sport England, afPE, Youth Sport Trust, UK Coaching and Active Partnerships, are as follows:


All pupils leaving primary school are 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.

We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:                                                         

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

The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school. 

To read the Obesity and Healthy Eating and Physical activity in Primary Schools report, click here.

Requirements for reporting on the use of funding

Following on from the refreshed Primary PE and Sport Premium guidance published by the Department for Education, one of the changes is to the date when schools must report on their spend by.

Schools must publish on their website:

  • the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity, participation and attainment 
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • swimming data in relation to their year 6 cohort in 2019/20.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, the Youth Sport Trust (YST) & the Association for Physical Education (afPE) have produced a template to help you evidence the impact of the premium funding.

Read afPE's Primary PE and Sport Premium Frequently Asked Questions here.

Best practice information

As an Active Partnership, we receive funding from Sport England to support primary schools in the most effective way to spend the Primary PE and School Sport Premium.  Below are a number of best practice documents which may support you in how to spend your funding.  

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust have created a toolkit to provide guidance as to how to most effectively spend the Primary PE and School Sport Premium Funding.  Part one introduces the key indicators and shares best practice as to the way schools have achieved improvement and planned for sustainability.  Part two is a a proforma that can be downloaded to help schools consider their current position and action to be taken to improve and achieve sustainability.

AfPE, YST and Active Partnerships

Active Partnerships in conjunction with AfPE and YST, have outlined seven ways schools could spend this year’s PE and Sport Premium grant effectively taking into account the opportunities and challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click here to access a copy.

Sport England

Sport England have developed four films to promote best practice use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium:

Swim England

There is now more emphasis on raising attainment in primary school swimming with schools being required to publish information on the percentage of their pupils in year 6 who meet each of the 3 swimming and water safety national curriculum requirements. Swim England’s website has lots of information and resources available. There is also an online library with areas dedicated to school swimming. It’s full of helpful free downloads for teachers and schools promoting and/or teaching their programmes.

Active Schools

For ideas on how to invest funding to create a more physically active school day, please also see our Active Travel, Active Learning, Active Breaktimes and Wellbeing pages.

Further documents and guidance to help you effectively utilise your PE and School Sports Premium can be found here.

Additional Resources

If you require any assistance or have any further queries, please contact Claire Mansfield

Physical Education and Sport Provision

Coaching Provider offer

To support schools looking to employ a local coaching provider to assist with the delivery of PE and School sport, Energize have created a Local Coaching Directory. It includes information such as the areas of the county they cover, the sports that each provider is qualified to deliver, and their standard hourly rate.

Although Energize will not recommend or advise you to opt for a particular organisation, we would like to remind you to ensure that any coach you are looking to work with meets the minimum standards of coaching. This information is available on the Employment and Deployment of Coaches poster with further information available on the UK Coaching Coaching in Primary Schools toolkit

National Governing Bodies

National Governing Bodies of Sport have developed important opportunities/offers available to primary schools wanting to develop their school sport provision. To simplify and highlight this, Energize have created an easy to follow guide which includes details on where to purchase equipment, recommended resources to download and CPD to attend. All with the ultimate goal of encouraging you to effectively utilise your sports premium.