How to use the PE and Sport Premium - DfE Guidelines

We continuously have conversations with schools with regards to the PE and School Sport Premium and how to make effective and sustainable use of it to focus on physical activity, staff CPD and pupil health and well-being to achieve their school's development plan. We feel the best way is to refer back to the Department for Education's Guidance Document and the five key indicators of improvement. 

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport you offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers

  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years


There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  1. 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

  2. The 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


For example, you can use your funding to:

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

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

  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities

  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs

  • Enter or run more sport competitions

  • Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs

  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games

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

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

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

You should not use your funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets

  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)

For more information on effective use of the PE and School Sport Premium, please contact Dale Harris on 0161 669 5818 or email