The Government invests 320m per year directly to primary schools to help them make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their PE, physical activity and school sport. In October 2021, the Department of Education updated their guidanceand conditions for the use of the funding.

The deadline for schools to publish their Primary PE and Sport Premium report is 31 July 2023.

Please Note: The Premium must be spent in full by 31st July 2023 (for academies this is by the end of the 2022 to 2023 academic year).

New reporting template for 2022-23

How to use the PE and Sport Premium

Primary Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their PE, physical activity and sport.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport the school provides
  • Build capacity and capability to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in the future

There are 5 key indicators that schools should look to seek improvement against:

  1. Increased confidence, knowledge, and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  2. 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
  3. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport

You should not use your funding to:

  • 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 your existing PE curriculum – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons.
  • Fund capital expenditure – the Department for Education does not set the capitalisation policy for each school. School business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school’s agreed capitalisation policy.
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Rachael Scott

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