The Government has provides substantial funding to promote and develop primary school sport. It is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and goes directly to primary schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
OFSTED plays a significant role in ensuring that schools target this funding in areas which will lead to clear outcomes in raising standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the Primary Phase.
The yearly primary PE and sports premium is paid in two instalments by the Secretary of State for Education to academies and free schools as stated in the Education Act 2002. 7/12ths is paid in October/November, with the remaining 5/12ths later in the school year, normally at the beginning of May.
Purpose of the premium
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements in the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of primary-aged pupils during each academic year to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. This means that the premium should be used 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
A full version of this overview plus details about our Primary Phase Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022 can be downloaded below.