Primary PE & Sport Premium

Primary PE & Sport Premium

Wesport has a role to support all primary schools across the West of England in making effective use of the PE & Sports Premium funding. We want to ensure schools are using this funding to create additional and sustainable provision for children to experience high quality PE and a wide range of sports and activities during their time at primary school. Since 2013 the Government has provided £150m funding per annum directly to primary schools.  Sport England, the Active Partnership Network, the Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) are collaboratively supporting schools in making the most out of the funding.

Schools are still receiving  £16,000 plus £10 per pupil, however there have been several updates to reporting and guidelines for 21/22 so please see below.

Primary School Sport Premium

From September 2021 schools will receive the same amount of funding as last year.

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil
  • The mechanism for payment will remain the same, with schools receiving 7/12ths of funding in Oct/Nov and the remaining 5/12ths in April/May.

What is the purpose of the funding?

The Government has set out the following anticipated outcomes for the funding.

Vision: 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.

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

Schools should use the premium to secure improvements in the following indicators:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – 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
  • The 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

What can the funding be used for?

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

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future year

Here are some ideas of how you might use your funding:

  • Staff training
  • Hire specialist physical education teachers or coaches to work alongside teachers
  • Offer more intra and inter-school competitive opportunities
  • New after school clubs in different and exciting sports i.e. fencing, archery, handball, yoga
  • Support and involve the least active children by running specific school sports clubs in activities that they are more likely to enjoy/engage in i.e. individual, non-competitive, fitness style sessions


  • Establish links with local sports clubs to support curriculum and/or extra-curricular club delivery
  • Develop health-enhancing activities/interventions
  • Introduce new opportunities for students with disabilities or SEND
  • Purchase new equipment or resources
  • Transport children to competitions/events
  • Provide additional or enhanced swimming activities (see swimming tab above)

What should the funding NOT be used for?

  • 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 - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
  • Fund capital expenditure

Active miles

Where schools choose to take part in an active mile, you should use your existing playgrounds, fields, halls and sports facilities to incorporate an active mile into the school day and develop a lifelong habit of daily physical activity.

Key Updates

  • 2020-21 reporting: Any swimming data that schools hold should be entered with a note to clarify the proportion of the year group this relates to and any other limitations of the data due to covid-19.
  • 2021-22 reporting: Underspend from the previous two years can be carried over to 21-22 academic year.  Your online report must set out the amount being carried forward (page 3 of reporting template)