The above video clip shows Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust, talking through the Primary School Sport Premium funding. It dates back to 2017 but is still very relevant.


The Education Secretary has announced (Sunday 5 July) that schools in England will benefit from £320 million from the PE and Sport Premium during the academic year 2020-21.

The Department for Education has also confirmed that any PE and Sport Premium funding from the academic year (2019-20) that schools were unable to use as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use in the next academic year, giving school leaders an opportunity to develop or add to their existing provision, or to make improvements that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

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On 30th October, the Department for Education published updated guidance for schools in relation to the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the academic year, 2020-21. New grant conditions have also been detailed. In addition, a new ‘7 Top Tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium’ document has been created to give schools some examples of effective and sustainable use of the funding here
Click HERE to download a PDF version of the 7 Top Tips.

Using your PSSP funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that schools 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

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


DfE Guidance (21 October 2020)

PE and Sport Premium: Conditions of grant funding 2020-21

The updated guidance includes:

  • Change in reporting date (schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2021)
  • Clarification on role of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to support school swimming
  • Importance of ensuring the funding is utilised in a sustainable manner (review/plan/implement)
  • Funding allocation and payment dates


Evidencing the Impact – Accountability

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

Schools should publish:-

  • the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • Schools should also consider how their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle
  • swimming data

The Department for Education has stipulated that schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2021.


Accountability – Ofsted inspections

Ofsted will assess how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They will measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Further guidance around what inspectors look for can be found in the ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ section of the Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2019.

Online reporting

All maintained schools including schools that have converted to academies must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2021 at the latest. The new guidance & template to support schools in evidencing the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is available as a Word document & a PDF.

Click here to download the new 2020-21 updated PDF copy of the template.

Click here to download the new 2020-21 updated Word copy of the template.

The Department for Education commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has been newly updated, to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.



Frequently Asked Questions – Support Document for Schools

Here is a great free resource from the Association for PE, please click HERE.