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PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government relaxed the ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, to allow any unspent grant to be carried forward into the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Due to the continuation of the pandemic, this was also applied to any unspent funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Any unspent funding that has been carried forward must be spent in full by 31 July 2022. Schools will need to demonstrate this in their 2021 to 2022 PE and sport premium on-line reporting. 

Click HERE to view the current guidance, courtesy of GOV.UK.

About the Funding

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).

Primary School Sport Premium is a ring fenced funding allocated directly to primary schools across England. 

Purpose of Funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they provide. 


All pupils leaving 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.


The PE and sport premium should be used to:

- Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that the school provides

- Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools should use the PE and sport premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity, for example by:

- Providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children

- Encouraging active play during break times and lunchtimes

- Establishing, extending or funding attendance of school sport clubs and activities and holiday clubs, or broadening the variety offered

- Adopting an active mile initiative

- Raising attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2. Every child should leave primary school able to swim

If you have any questions about the PE and Sport Premium please use the Ask Anything service to get in touch. 

Updates: The latest information about PE & Sport Premium can be found on the Department for Education website.

Case Studies: Understanding the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium