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Primary PE & Sport Premium

What is the Primary PE and Sport Premium?

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a government initiative that aims to improve quality of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England. The initiative was introduced in 2013, and since then, schools have received significant additional funding to help them enhance their PE and sports provision. 

How is the Primary PE and Sport Premium used? 

Schools have a lot of flexibility regarding how they use the Primary PE and Sport Premium, but the funding is intended to be used to improve the quality of PE. Schools are encouraged to use the budget to best suit their needs, but they are expected to report on how they have used the funding and the impact it has had on their pupils. 

What Impact has the Primary PE and Sport Premium had? 

There is evidence to suggest that the Primary PE and Sport Premium has been hugely beneficial on schools and pupils. According to the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) published in 2019, the initiative has helped increase the proportion of physically active pupils. It has led to improvements in the quality of PE teaching in schools. 

The report found that the proportion of pupils who are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day has increased, with the most significant increases seen in the most deprived schools. In addition, the report found that there had been significant improvements in the quality of PE teaching, with schools reporting that they had been able to provide more opportunities for pupils to take part in competitive sport and improve their skills. 

Ongoing funding from 2023 and beyond

Over £600 million across the next two academic years (2023-24 & 2024-25) for the continuance of the Primary PE and Sport Premium - a funding promise to improve PE and sports in primary schools to help children benefit from regular participation in physical activity. This is part of the Government's new equal access to sports for all children in England. 

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