The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum in order to improve the provision of physical education and sports in primary schools.  The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport. The money is going directly into schools to be spent on improving the quality of Sport and PE for their children. All state-maintained schools, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils will receive the funding.


This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sports in schools. Although schools must spend this additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding might include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches.

  • Supporting and engaging the least active children

  • Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sports

  • Providing cover to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport

  • Running sport competitions or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games

  • Buying training materials or resources for PE and sport

  • After school sports clubs and holiday clubs


You can see how WLS has been spending their allocation in the Sports Premium Reports.