Updated Guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium unveiled by DfE

Updated Guidance on the Primary PE and Sport Premium unveiled by DfE

The Department for Education has updated its guidance on the effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for 2018/19.

The guidance includes a change in payment and reporting dates, clarification on how the Premium should support swimming and information on the importance of ensuring sustainable use.




What does the updated guidance involve?

  • Change in reporting date (schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by the end of the Summer term or by the 31st July 2019 at the latest).
  • Clarification on role of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to support school swimming.
  • Importance of ensuring the funding is utilised in a sustainable manner (review/plan/implement).
  • Funding allocation and payment dates.


When will your school receive their first instalment?

  • Local Authority Schools = 30th October 2018
  • Academies and free schools = 1st November 2018


How should you use your PE and Sport Premium?

  • Develop or add to the PE, physical activity 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.


Sue Wilkinson MBE, afPE’s CEO said about the revised guidance:

‘afPE is pleased that following consultation, revised guidance for the effective use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium, has been published by the Department for Education. As the only subject Association for the sector, we are delighted that the emphasis remains on the ring fenced funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity.

PE taught well and placed at the heart of school life, improves not only school sport and physical activity but impacts significantly on children’s emotional well-being. All of these areas are pieces of a jigsaw that create a whole picture that should contribute to the very best outcomes for children and young people.

It is absolutely vital that schools build capacity and capability to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining school in future years. The workforce is the fundamental bedrock in inspiring pupils and we must value and invest in colleagues, to ensure that we develop outstanding opportunities for all children to aspire to fulfil their true potential.’

You can read more on Sue Wilkinson’s comments here.


Aspire acknowledges and understands what is asked of your schools and has developed their PECS programme to ensure your school can meet these requirements.

PECS is proven to develop teachers’ delivery of primary school PE through a bespoke 1-to-1 mentoring programme, providing your school with impact data and reports on effectiveness.

If you would like to learn more about why our PECS programme is an effective and sustainable use of your premium, click here or contact dan.hays@aspire-sports.co.uk. More information regarding PE and sport premium for primary schools can be found here.