Sports Premium Funding

The government has provided additional funding since 2013, to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This ‘Sports Premium’ is ring-fenced and can therefore only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Purpose of funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding might include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
  • Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.


Since September 2013, schools have been asked to account for how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. OFSTED strengthened the coverage of PE and sport within their ‘Inspectors’ Handbook’ guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed as part of the school’s overall provision.

Schools are also required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day. Further information can be found at the Department for Education’s Sports Premium website. For details of the Lord Deramore’s PE curriculum, please see the Curriculum area of our website.

You can view detailed spending plans, swimming assessment, and evaluations of the impact of the Sport Premium funding in Lord Deramore’s below.