Sports Premium


Most schools with primary-age pupils receive PE and Sports Premium. PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.

Over 3 academic years (2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016) the government has spent over £450 million on this funding.


Primary schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

In most cases,  how many pupils in your school attract the funding is determined using data from the January School Census.  

The DfE have outlined 2017-18 payments in the following document:

Payment dates

Maintained schools, do not receive funding directly from DfE. Funding is given to the local authority and passed on to schools. Local authorities are given PE and sport premium funding for maintained schools in 2 separate payments.

Use of PE and Sport Premium

Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but are free to choose the best way of using the money.

For example, funding can be used to:

  • hire specialist PE teachers
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and change4life clubs
  • run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in school games
  • run sports activities with other schools.


Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium funding.

All schools must publish details on how PE and Sports Premium Funding is spent online. For information regarding PE and Sports Premium Expenditure please download the documents below:

PE and Sports Premium Expenditure & Impact 2013-14

PE and Sports Premium Expenditure & Impact 2014-15