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PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

On 30th October 2020, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.

The guidance includes:

  • Which schools are eligible to access the funding
  • Funding formula for 2020 to 2021
  • Payment dates for 2020 to 2021
  • How to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium
  • Accountability (Ofsted Inspections, Online Reporting and new the Accountability Reviews)
  • Further Advice

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

Please Note: Due to disruption caused by Covid-19 the Department for Education (DfE) has given permission for schools to ‘carry over’ any underspend from the academic year 2019/20 into this year 2020/21, but this must be spent and reported on by the end of 2020/21 academic year.

About the Funding

Primary School Sport Premium is a ring fenced funding allocated directly to primary schools across England. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of PE and school sport for all their children.

The Government's PE and School Sport Vision is supported in by national partners Sport England, afPE, Youth Sport Trust and County Sports Partnerships

Purpose of Funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


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.


To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

Indicators of such improvement to include:

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  2. the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. increased participation in competitive sport

Active Cumbria's Role

- Support Primary Schools via the PE Network meetings, this includes offering needs led Continuous Professional Development.

- Promote and share offers from National Governing Bodies of Sport, and Local and National Community Offers.

- To support schools with their website reporting and Evidencing the Impact of the funding.

- The Employment and Deployment of Coaches.

If you need any specific support, please use the Ask Anything Service.

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