PE & Sport Premium

The Department of Education is continuing the doubling of the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE, physical activity and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year, and today (Thursday 25 October 2018) the DfE have published details of the individual allocations at school level.

UPDATED Guidance can be found HERE or we have highlighted key changes below.


The key changes from September 2018 are:

  • You can not use funding for capital expenditure
  • Updated guidance for Swimming spend and Active Mile initiatives (see below)
  • New reporting deadline (31 July 2019 - info below)

Schools will continue to receive:

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil; and
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil

Further details of theindividual allocations at school level can be found on the DfE website. 


New: Raising attainment in primary school swimming
The premium can be used to fund the professional development and training that are available to schools to train staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.

The premium may also be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. At the end of key stage 2 all pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water.

Schools are required to publish information on the percentage of their pupils in year 6 who met each of the 3 swimming and water safety national curriculum requirements. Further details are in the reporting templates below. Attainment data for year 6 pupils should be provided from their most recent swimming lessons. This may be data from years 3, 4, 5 or 6, depending on the swimming programme at your school.

Further information on training and resources is available here.

New: 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.

Updated: Accountability and Compliance

The deadline to publish your PE Premium offer on your website will be 31 July 2019 at the latest. We have updated the Time 2 Move template to reflect these changes.You must include:

  • how much funding you received
  • a full breakdown of how you've spent the funding or will spend the funding
  • the effect of the premium on pupils' PE, physical activity and sport participation and attainment
  • the effect of the premium on pupils' attainment / whole pupil/school improvement
  • how you'll make sure these improvements are sustainable
  • what percentage of your 2018/19 Y6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over at least 25m, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

If using the Time 2 Move free resources, you can use the graphs generated from the T2M Audit to input into your actions and allocate funding in the T2M planning template below.

If you need any advice in this area, please feel free to contact us.


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 2018.

New: School compliance reviews
We will sample a number of schools in each local authority to review what they have published on their use of the funding and their swimming attainment. Schools are expected to spend the grant for the purpose it was provided only; to make additional and sustainable improvements to the PE, sport and physical activity offered.