Primary PE and Sport Premium

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Energise Your School: How we can help

You’ve got your additional funding and now you need to decide where to spend it. Although it has to be spent on improving PE, that’s a pretty broad remit and you have a lot of freedom to choose so that it best fits your school’s needs. It can be daunting to know where to start so we’re here to help:

Assessment and Networking

Energise Me can provide a range of self-assessment opportunities that are tailored to your needs and also address all the practical elements of the funding process. These workshops also offer a great opportunity to network with other schools, sharing insight, ideas and perhaps even getting some inspiration.


We’ve got a couple of useful databases we can direct you to, including the Approved Provider database which covers commercial providers of physical education and the Get Active Database, which provides a link to local clubs – you can access these in the Useful Links section below.

  • Approved Provider – all coaches on this database meet all the safety management and safeguarding requirements set by Hampshire County Council so you can be happy in the knowledge that all of that is covered. It’s then up to you to decide whether that coach can help you address your particular goals and aspirations.
  • Get Active  – we can provide information on all clubs and organisations in the county, but this database is great for schools looking for a quick way to identify their local links. We’ve been working hard to include more clubs that are accredited through ClubMark or their own NGB programmes.

Training and Personal Development

We work with HCC Outdoor Education, PE and Sport Service to help deliver a range of courses – whether that’s certified and quality assured safety management or through another partner that helps teachers with curriculum development, leadership and specific sports. We also have specific support for those wanting to to gain Gymnastics and Swimming Governing Body awards by providing subsidised programmes.

Guidance on how to use the PE and Sport Premium funding from DfE

Schools must use the funding to 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 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 years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • 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

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

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 the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)

Accounting for your funding

Ofsted Inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’.

Online Reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding. This must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools. You can get advice and resources to help deliver swimming lessons successfully in primary schools.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record your activity. The Department has commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template, which is available at:

Accountability Reviews

Accountability reviews will be carried out after the April deadline for schools to have published details on their websites of how they have spent their premium funding. We will sample a number of schools in each local authority, with the schools chosen based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with the online reporting requirements.

We’re here to help you make the most of your funding. For useful tips and to get some inspiration from our school case studies see our Sharing Good Practice page.

For more information
Sharon Robertson
Strategic Lead - Children & Young People
Call 01962 676374 / 07809 205400
For more information
Alannah Stephenson
Project Officer – PE and School Sport
Call 01962 676382
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