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What is Primary Premium?

Funding information

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced some changes to the primary PE and sport premium to reflect recent ministerial decisions on the allocation formula for the doubled funding. The key changes from September 2017 are:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil

Purpose of the funding

Through its funding, the Government aims to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools and has outlined the following anticipated outcomes:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport

You can find full conditions of the funding on the Government’s website here

Funding guidelines

The sports premium funding was introduced to help primary schools make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that they offer. This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

You should not use your funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements. These costs should come out of your core staffing budgets.
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum, including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)


Schools will be held to account over how they spend their ring-fenced sport premium. Ofsted will expect to see evidence of the impact it has had upon pupils across the five outcomes.

School websites

Primary schools should publish information on their website about their use of the new funding.

This should include:

  • How much PE and sport premium funding you received for this academic year
  • A full breakdown of how you have spent or will spend the funding this year
  • The effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment

Active Gloucestershire is tasked by Sport England to ensure that ALL schools have uploaded this information by 4th April 2018. We will be conducting a mapping exercise after this date to review primary school websites.

You must:

Share last year’s action plan on your school website

  • Ofsted will look at this before their visit

Evaluate the impact that your spending had last year

  • Quantitative impact (number of children or number of staff)
  • Qualitative impact (how have they been affected)

Create an action plan for this year

  • Continue from last year
  • Detail areas for development
  • Assess the expected impact
  • Consider the sustainability of your spending

For further information about how you can evidence impact, please click here

Ofsted have published a report on the PE and sport premium for primary schools. For examples of good practice to maximise effective use of the funding click here