The government guidance sets out that schools must use their PE and Sport Premium to develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sports activities already provided by the school. It should build the schools capacity and capability so that improvements will benefit both the pupils currently attending and those in the future.

Key Indicators

There are five key indicators for schools to consider when planning how to use their funding. These are:

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
  • 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. 


Each school can decide how to spend their PE and Sport Premium. Having a clear vision with clear goals you are trying to achieve will help you to decide.  

Here are some ideas that might help:

  • Audit your current PE provision and curriculum. Look carefully at what you currently offer in school and how staff and pupils feel about this. Be sure to look at both PE lessons and extra-curricular opportunities. Consider if there are any new opportunities that pupils would like to have or to try. You might explore ways you could extend your offering to encourage more children to be active both within the school day and beyond.
  • Audit your lunch time equipment. Being active at break times and lunchtime is a key part of improving physical activity throughout the day. Do you have enough high quality equipment that encourages children to be active in lots of different ways? Is there an opportunity for pupils to plan their own activity or to be Sports Leaders?  
  • Target and support all children. Plan how you will motivate and enthuse all children in school from your least active children to your most able athletes.  You may set up and fund after school clubs, offer a different range of PE activities or set up competitions.
  • Active learning across the curriculum. Explore how to increase the amount of physical activity across the curriculum and not just in PE lessons. This might include investing in equipment to take lessons like maths and literacy outdoors. 
  • Increasing involvement in sports competitions. Look to set up or join some local competitions for a range of sports. It doesn’t always have to be the traditional sports either, you could set up your own competition in a sport of the children’s choosing.
  • Review staff confidence and training needs. Identify ways to build on existing teaching skills and grow the expertise of all staff, including lunchtime staff. This funding is not guaranteed to continue indefinitely, so considering the support that staff need now to ensure you could sustain your PE curriculum is important.

It is also important to monitor the impact of your PE and Sport Premium. There is a handy template available on the Association for Physical Education website (here).

Every school is different and the funding is allocated to make a difference to sport and physical activity within your school, so set up an action plan and start planning what will be most beneficial.

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