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What is Sport Premium?

What is the PE and Sport Premium?

The Government is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year.The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department of Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, the DfE is also working with other departments and agencies – including the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – to make sure children are healthy and active. Healthy eating, physical activity and sport not only help tackle childhood obesity, but can also have a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour, attendance, concentration and attainment, helping children to reach their potential.


Each school will receive £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year - here at Phillimore Primary School this will mean £19,540 this year. The money can only be spent on PE and sport.


Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered and:


  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school

  • 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

    Here at Phillimore we are using the funding to:

  • providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively

  • hiring qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities

  • introducing new sports and activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities

  • encouraging the least active children to participate in school sports clubs and competitive opportunities

  • entering and running more sport competitions and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games

  • encouraging pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school

  • providing additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum

  • embedding physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching.