PE and sport premium 2016-17

Funding for the PE and sport premium

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium in the academic year 2016 to 2017. Schools receive this funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. In cases where schools don’t follow year groups (for example, in some special schools), pupils aged 5 to 10 attract the funding. In most cases the Government determine on how many pupils in your school attract the funding using data from the January 2016 school census. If you are a new school or a school teaching eligible pupils for the first time in the academic year 2016 to 2017 a school’s funding will be based on data from the autumn 2016 school census.

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).


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’.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website.

Further details regarding this funding can be found here on the GOV.UK website.