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PE & Sport Premium


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, and is central to meeting the government's ambitions for a world-class education system.

The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing eligible primary schools with £16,000 per year and an additional payment of £10 per pupil, of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets.

Ofsted's new Inspection Framework, which came into effect from September 2019, gives greater recognition to schools' work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors will expect to see schools delivering a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. Schools should consider how they use their PE and Sport Premium to support this.

What can schools use the funding for?
Schools should use the premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:
1. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
2. Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. Increased participation in competitive sport.

Time 2 Move Primary PE & School Sport Premium Update

The Department for Education has recently (30th October) published updated guidance and grant conditions for schools in relation to the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the academic year, 2020-21.

Click on the links below to download the following government documents:

In addition, the Active Partnership Network along with AfPE and the YST have produced a new 7 Top Tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium which has been created to give schools some examples of effective and sustainable use of the funding:

Top Tips for spending the Primary PE and Sport Premium

We would like to promote the PE Subjects Leaders course being delivered by Arena in January and recommend this as good use of your premium if you havent already got a suitably qualified lead in your school:

PE Subject Leaders - 4-day accredited award

This guidance along with the conditions and top tips was explored further at the Cornwall Time2Move PE, School Sport & Physical Activity conference and to view a presentation from the workshop on this subject please click the link below:

T2M Conference PE&SS Premium Workshop

All schools must publish the following to be grant compliant. Last year we only had 63% of Cornish schools publish a report so please make sure your school isnt one that doesnt:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • the percentage of pupils within their year 6 cohort for academic year 2020 to 2021 that can do each of the following:
    • swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
    • use a range of strokes effectively (for example front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
    • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

To make life easier for you (and us!) please ensure you publish all the required information using one of the two below templates:

T2M PE&SS Premium Template 2020/21

AfPE Evidencing the Impact of the Primary Pe and Sport Premium 2020

It is also worth confirming that the Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of schools core staffing budgets
  • teaching the minimum requirements of your existing PE curriculum
  • fund capital expenditure

In order for you to be compliant with the conditions of this grant the following deadlines in 2021 have been set for all Schools:

  1. 31st March  Reporting deadline for any underspend from the 2019/20 academic year to be published on your website.
  2. 9th July  Optional Cornwall reporting deadline if you require any feedback, email report to
  3. 31st July  End of year reporting deadline for all spend from 2020/21 academic year and underspend from 2019/20 to be published on your website.

You can now watch the PE & School Sport Premium workshop that was held as part of the PE, School Sport & Physical Activity Conference on 6th November for further support on this topic.

Further support on the PE & School Sport Premium is available from:

1. Active Cornwall  Email -

2. Youth Sport Trust -

3. Association for PE -