The Primary PE and Sport Premium is £150 million of funding per year available for England Schools, up until the academic year 2015/16. Provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, the funding will be provided directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of PE and school sport for all their children.

Department for Education vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium:

“All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active, lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

“County Sports Partnerships play a key role in providing support to schools in their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.”  Edward Timpson, Under Secretary for State Schools and Families 

If your school receives PE (physical education) and sport premium funding, you must publish:

  • 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 and sport participation and attainment
  • how you’ll make sure these improvements are sustainable

How to use the PE and sport premium

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

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

For example, you can use your funding to:

  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
  • provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
  • support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
  • run sport competitions
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools

You should not use your 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).

Merseyside Sports Partnership Children and Young People Strategic Group Mission:

“The primary focus of the group is to influence the range of interventions that offer the greatest opportunity of equipping children and young people with the skills, confidence and enthusiasm to take up and continue in Physical Education, School Sport and Community Sport.”

Our shared objective for the Primary PE and Sport Premium: “To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.  It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium.”

Through our partners we will enable the development of useful Merseyside resources to support local impact against the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

Please use the below links for more information on the Primary School Sport Premium.

1. General Information

2. Who Gets the Funding?

3. Association for Physical Education

4. Child Protection in Sport

5. Primary PE and Sport Funding – Accountability Measures

6. Primary School Physical Literacy Framework

7. Sports Coach UK

8. Youth Sports Trust

9. Primary Spaces Funding

Merseyside Children and Young People Strategic Group Resources