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Primary PE and Sport Funding - National Guidance Updated August 2017

The Government’s vision for PE and school sport, supported by the national partners is:

"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."

On 28th July 2017 the Department for Education (DfE) announced some changes to the Primary PE & Sport Premium, which reflects the ministerial decisions on the allocation formula for the doubled Primary PE & Sport Premium.

A straight doubling of the current formula was announced and this means

  • Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil; and
  • Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil

With numbers based on the January 2017 school census.

The mechanism for payment will remain the same, with schools receiving 7/12ths of funding in Oct/Nov and the remaining 5/12ths in April/May.

The DfE will publish the conditions of grant and the school level breakdown of funding for the academic year 2017 to 2018 in October 2017.

Click the following link to access the DfE information in full.

If you need any advice or support with regard to spending the increased funding please contact Lis Greenwell on  

Accountability - Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium. You can find details of what inspectors look for in the ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’. Read the section on ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’.


Accountability - Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website by 4th April each year.

You can download a tool to help you measure and report on the impact of your spending from:

An updated TVS template will be released once the conditions of grant are published however in the meantime use the following : REPORTING TEMPLATE FOR 2016 - 2017 below

 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)

Get advice from the National Partners

Visit Sports Coach UK’s ‘coaching in primary schools toolkit’ for advice on employing sports coaches for your school and for guidance on the activities sports coaches can help you with.


Watch short films on the Sport England website for more advice on using the PE and sport premium effectively. Sport England produced these films in collaboration with the Association for Physical Education, the Youth Sport Trust, County Sports Partnership Network, Sports Coach UK and Compass.

Find out what works in schools and colleges to increase levels of physical activity among children and young people.


You can download a tool to help you measure and report on the impact of your spending for 2016 – 2017 from:

If you need to access templates in support of previous years then please click and download the Tees Valley Sport Template using the following links:

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