Key indicators

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. 

Schools must use their PE and sport premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that the school provides
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools should look to secure improvements across 5 key indicators:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officer's guidelines recommend that primary school pupils undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school
  • The profile of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) 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

Requirements for reporting on the use of funding

Schools must publish on their website by the end of the academic year:

  • 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 

To help schools 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 evidence the impact of the premium funding.  

Access the template to complete your premium funding reporting.

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

Guidance and best practice information


Read the latest government guidance on the premium funding.  The document covers how the premium funding is calculated, how to use it effectively and what it should not be used for.

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.

Access the toolkit to undertake a self-review of how to maximise your funding.

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.

Visit Swim England’s website for information and resources to support school swimming.

Physical Education and Sport Provision

Coaching Provider offer

Access the Energize Local Coaching Directory. This will support schools looking to employ a local coaching provider to assist with the delivery of PE and School Sport and 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.

Read about the minimum standards of coaching on the Employment and Deployment of Coaches poster.

National Governing Bodies

National Governing Bodies (NGB) of Sport have developed important opportunities/offers available to primary schools wanting to develop their school sport provision.

Read the Energize NGB guide.  This includes details on where to purchase equipment, recommended resources to download and CPD to attend to help you effectively utilise your sports premium.