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The PE Premium is government funding paid directly to primary schools and ringfenced for spending on PE and School Sport, except in the case of MATs when the funding is paid to the MAT. The funding initially came primarily from the Departments of Health and Education, with a small amount from the Department of Culture Media and Sport. However, in 2018, the funding to schools was doubled with the extra coming directly from the new sugar tax. This gives a clear indication as to the rationale behind the funding.
Schools have been receiving the funding annually since 2013 and, although the funding was initially for two years, we have now been told to expect the funding to continue until 2020. Originally, an average primary school could expect to receive a lump sum of £8000 plus per head funding of £5 for every child in years 1 to 6. When the premium was doubled in September 2017, this rose to a lump sum of £16000 for most schools and per head funding of £10 for every child in years 1-6. There is a slightly different formula for very small schools and PRUs. You can find details on exactly how much your school receives and when and how it is paid here 1.
Schools have a great deal of latitude in terms of what they can spend the funding on, as long as they can demonstrate that they have used their funding to impact on the five key outcomes;
Schools should also be able to demonstrate that they have used their funding to effect additional and sustainable improvements to their PE and School Sport provision. 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
You could 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
Schools must not use the 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)
The government are using a range of strategies to hold schools accountable for their spending of the funding.
When you have an Ofsted Inspection you can expect to be asked about how you are making decisions about how to use the funding and the impact that your spending has had on your pupils. They also assess how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Ofsted Inspectors don’t always speak directly to PE Leaders, they may also ask senior leaders in the school or governors, so make sure that everyone is briefed. Don’t forget that Ofsted will always look at your school website before they visit, so ensure that this is up to date and that your PE Premium information is easy to find.
Schools must publish details of how they have spent their PE Premium on their websites by early April each year. For 2018, the deadline was 6th April.
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
New for 2018 is the requirement to include information on 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
DfE have commissioned AfPE and YST to produce a reporting template for schools to ensure that they have all the relevant information available. You can download the template here 2
After the April deadline for publishing PE Premium information on school websites, the DfE 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.
Sampling is also carried out by Kent Sport (the County Sports Partnership), who then have their own reporting accountabilities for the use of the PE Premium.
The DfE have published a number of case studies illustrating effective use of the PE Premium. You can read them here 3.
In addition, Sport England have worked in collaboration withAssociation for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, the County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass to create a collection of short videos highlighting some examples of best practice. Click here to go to their website to view.
You may also like to check out the library in our resource bank for some further inspiration.
PE Premium Reviews
PES Funding Reviews consist of a 1 day visit to your school, by a PE specialist, who will work alongside your PE Subject Leader to review your PE and Sport provision in the context of the PE Premium funding. The exact nature of the review will depend on your school’s needs, but would typically include at least one joint PE lesson observation, a review of key documents (PE policy, Scheme of Work, curriculum map, Subject Development Plan, Funding allocation), identification of key strategies for impacting on pupil outcomes in education, health and sport, and a review of audit processes, baseline data and evidence collation.
At the end of the visit schools will receive a report summarising key findings and providing recommendations for future development.
To book a PE and Sport Funding Review for your school, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Sport, the name for the county sport partnership in Kent, also have a role in supporting and advising schools with regard to the PE and Sport funding. Click here to access the PE and Sport Funding section of their website or email email@example.com to find out more.