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PE and sport premium for primary schools

The Government will continue to fund the Primary PE and Sport premium until 2020, with £1.3 billion being ring-fenced over the course of this period.  The purpose of the additional funding is to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and Sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

How much will the school receive?

Allocations for the academic year 2017 to 2018 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2017 census, as follows:

  • Schools with 17 or more pupils receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil
  • Schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £1,000 per pupil

Based on the January 2017 census data, the school will receive £19,160.

When will the school receive its payments?

The premium for the 2017 to 2018 academic year is paid in 2 instalments from the Secretary of State to academies and free schools as follows:

Financial year 2017 to 2018 academic year Payment date
2017 to 2018 September 2017 to March 2018 1 November 2017
2017 to 2018 April to August 2017 1 May 2018


How can the money be spent?

The premium must be spent on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.  The Secretary of State has identified two areas whereby the premium cannot be spent:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)
  • Funding the minimum requirements of schools existing PE curriculum

What must we publish?

By Wednesday 4th April 2018, the school will publish on its website how the premium is being spent and the impact the additional funding is having.  The school must publish detailed information on:

  • The amount of premium received
  • A full breakdown of how the premium has been spent (or will be spent)
  • What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sports participation and attainment
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • How many pupils (within our year 6 cohort) can do each of the following:
    • Swim competently over a distance of at least 25 metres
    • Use a range of strokes effectively
    • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

From January 2018, 5% of primary schools across the country will be reviewed by the government to scrutinise their compliance with these conditions and thus be offered recommendations in improving how their premium is spent.

What are doing?

At present, we are currently reviewing how to best spend our premium to ensure maximum impact and sustainability.  This means we are focusing on two main areas:

  • Developing or adding to the PE and Sport that Beechwood already offers.
  • Building capacity and capability within Beechwood to ensure improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

To help review our provision and report our spend, we will use the Website Reporting Tool ‘Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium’ (DfE, 2017).   This template will act as an effective way of meeting and reporting the requirements of the Primary PE and Sport Premium and includes the 5 key indicators across which schools should demonstrate an improvement.     

By carefully considering how our premium will be spent using best practice, we aim for all pupils leaving Beechwood Junior School to be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle.