The Primary PE and Sport Premium

Helping primary schools across Greater Manchester make best use of their primary PE and sport premium funding to help improve childrens' activity levels

At GreaterSport, our goal is to give everyone in our region the opportunity to improve their physical activity levels and mental wellbeing. A healthy lifestyle begins in childhood, so we are proud to use our knowledge to support our region’s primary schools to improve their activity levels. However, we know that accessing the right support can be difficult.

As part of our commitment to getting Greater Manchester moving, we are proud to work closely with a range of partners and local authorities to help deliver activities supported by primary pe and sport premium funding. This funding is provided by the Department of Education, supporting primary schools to deliver an active school day.

Who receives the funding?

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Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium funding in the academic year. This includes local authority schools, academies and free schools, pupil referral units and general hospitals.

To find out if your facility is eligible for funding, visit the government’s guidance webpage.

Of course, there are strict criteria you must adhere to, and constantly meet, to continue to receive funding. (Accountability is assessed via Ofsted and school-leader reporting.) However, we know it’s essential this funding is provided to keep primary school activity levels high. We’ll happily point you in the right direction for advice and support.

How is primary premium funding allocated?

Greater Manchester’s schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (or primary school age equivalent).

At present, schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive a total of £16,000, then an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

The breakdown of funding for the academic year 2018 to 2019, including conditions of grant, is available here. You can also find detailed information about when, and how, you’ll receive your allocated funding.

2020 - 2021 Funding

Schools will receive PE and sport premium for the academic year 2019 to 2020 following DFE confirmation. It has also been announced that Primary Pe and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20) that schools were unable to use as a result of Covid are able to be carried forward into the next academic year. Department for Education new guidance on this can be found here.

Schools must report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend for 2019-2020 by 31st July 2020. Any planned carry forward for 2020 to 2021 should be clearly highlighted on the projection uploaded to your schools website.

AfPE PDF and Word templates to support schools with the reporting of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding can be found here.

How should the funding be used?

Schools must use the funding to make additional, sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, physical activity and sport they provide. This should include increasing current activity offerings, and improving capacity and capability for activity for current and future pupils.

To measure results, the government looks for five key success indicators:

  • Regular pupil engagement in physical activity, in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines.
  • Improved profile of PE and sport across the school, encouraging school-wide improvement.
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff teaching PE and sport.
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.

To achieve these results, there are many ways funding can be used. These might include staff training and development, hiring sports coaches, introducing new sports, running competitions and partnering with other schools. There’s also an important government funding criteria to improve primary school swimming participation and attainment levels through premium funding.

Increasing activity levels in primary school is vital. Physical activity can be embedded into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching.

At GreaterSport, we’re hugely proud to be supporting this Primary Premium Funding initiative across Greater Manchester.

Further information and guidance

  • Department for Education
    - Guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium and the grant conditions can be found here
    - Case study examples highlighting schools effective use of funding can be found here.
  • UK Coaching hosts an online toolkit, which provides a wide range of resources relating to coaching in primary schools, and can be accessed here.
  • Association for Physical Education has a page dedicated to the Primary PE & Sport Premium with FAQ page.
  • Sport England showcase best practice use of the PE and Sport premium, which can be viewed here.
  • Youth Sport Trust have a ‘How we can help’ section of their website.