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What is the PE & Sport Premium for Primary Schools?

Each year, the Government invests £320 million into Primary Schools with the objective of achieving self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport.

There is a long term vision that all pupils leave 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.

There are 5 key areas that schools should expect to see improvement across - these are the current Key areas for academic year 2023-2024.

Please note, these are different from past Key Indicators.

1. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
2. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
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 physical activities offered to all pupils
5. Increased participation in competitive sport


The Government updated their guidance regarding the PE and Sport Premium in July 2023 and there have been a number of changes. To read about the amendments, please use the tab below;

The Secretary of State has released very clear guidelines regarding what the funding should not be used for.

Funding must not be used for:

  • capital expenditure
  • employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment arrangements (this should be funded from the school's core staffing budgets)
  • teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum or, for academies, the existing PE curriculum – apart from top-up swimming lessons after pupils have completed core lessons. Teaching the curriculum should be funded through the school's core funding
  • buying services that will be delivered or used in following academic years (this includes paying for invoices and subscriptions in advance)
  • goods that exceed the de minimis (lowest) value for purchases set by the school
  • buying staff PE kit

Examples of what comes under capital expenditure include:

  • multi-use games areas and Daily Mile tracks
  • Forest School environments and Trim Trails
  • buying vehicles
  • fixed playground equipment, such as climbing frames
  • trophy cabinets or similar

How is the PE and Sport Premium monitored?

As the Active Partnership for Bedfordshire and Luton, we are required to monitor the use of school's PE and Sport Premium. The Department for Education and the Department for Health require schools to publish their spending information on their websites. Online reporting must include;

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils' PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

There must also be evidence of pupil's swimming attainment, detailing the percentage of pupils within the current year 6 cohort who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Be Active will review 30 randomly selected school websites as well as viewing case studies to ensure the Premium funding is reported and being used correctly.

Please use the form below to evidence your use of the PE and Sport Premium


Here is Be Active's PE Premium reporting template. This must be published on your school's website by July 31st 2024.