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Launched in 2013/14, the Primary PE & Sport Premium is jointly funded by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. The additional funding is allocated directly to school budgets and must be used for PE, Sport and Physical Activity. To help you make the most of your funding, here’s 10 effective ways to spend your School Sports Premium in 2023.

The funding must be used to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-age pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.


This blog has been written to share some top tips to ensure effective usage of the funding.

  1. Review

To ensure the funding is spent effectively and sustainably, undertake a PE, Sport and Physical Activity review to identify areas for development and to ensure the school’s needs are met.

  1. Subject Leader

It is recommended that your school has a subject leader for PE. It is important they are involved with deciding how the premium should be spent.

  1. Outcomes

Set some clear outcomes you want to achieve with the funding. This could include improving progress and skills, increasing participation and broadening the range of opportunities available.

  1. Enhance

It’s important for schools to consider how the funding will enhance, rather than replace, existing provision.

  1. Pupils

The funding must benefit all pupils, not just pupils who are already engaged in sports activities. Think about the needs and wants of your pupils that will encourage them to be more active, more often.

  1. Sustainable

Consider whether these improvements will be sustainable in the long term. Does the investment impact on future pupils as well as current pupils?

  1. Staff

Do your school staff have training needs to give them the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to fulfil the outcomes you want to achieve with the funding?

  1. Coaches

If you are employing external coaches to work in your school, try to get them to work alongside school staff. As a school you should assess the quality and impact of their delivery. (The funding cannot be used for PPA cover.)

  1. Evidence

Ensure you are able to evidence the impact of the strategies and be accountable for the spend. You must share on your website how you will use the funding and the impact it has. Ofsted is tasked with monitoring the spending of the PE and school sport premium.

  1. Ownership

Every school is different. It’s important that schools develop and own their own plan for spending the PE premium. You know your school and what is best for your pupils.

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With thanks to Derby City School Sport Partnership for writing this post. Derby City School Sport Partnership works closely with primary, secondary and special schools to develop opportunities in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity for young people in Derby. The School Sport Partnership is hosted and employed by Derby County Community Trust and we work collectively to maximise the positive impact that high quality PE, School Sport and Physical Activity can have on young people. Email: Twitter @DerbyCitySSP

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