All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation. Physical activity has numerous benefits for young people’s physical health, mental wellbeing and social skills. Children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers (Active Lives Children & Young People Survey, 2019).

The Government invests 320m per year directly to primary schools to help them make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their PE, physical activity and school sport. In October 2020, the Department of Education updated their guidanceand conditions for the use of the funding.

The deadline for schools to publish their PESSP report on their website is the end of the summer term or 31 July 2021.

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.

Previously DfE stated this must be spent and reported on by 31 March 2021, however on 16 March 2021 DfE extended this deadline. Schools will now have until the end of this (2020/21) academic year to spend the carried forward funding, in line with the deadline of 31 July 2021.

New reporting template for 2020-21

How to use the PE and Sport Premium

Primary Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their PE, physical activity and sport.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport the school provides
  • Build capacity and capability to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in the future

There are 5 key indicators that schools should look to seek improvement against:

  • 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
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

Download AfPE’s Key Indicator poster (PDF)

An updated 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. 

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 – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
  • Fund capital expenditure – the Department for Education does not set the capitalisation policy for each school. School business managers, school accountants and their auditors are best placed to advise on a school’s agreed capitalisation policy