Primary PE & Sport Premium - measuring improvement

24 May 2021


Here at Playforce we’re really keen on measuring impact and improvement and the Primary PE & Sport Premium is great for this. You need to publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding (by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2021 at the latest) and show separately how any funding from the academic year 2019 to 2020 has been spent. Why do they ask you to do this? Because reporting on the impact and benefits of the grant is a key part of the requirements, when you sign up for the grant.

The Government website says:

Online reporting must include:

  • the amount of PE and sport premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • You are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort in the 2020 to 2021 academic year who met the national curriculum requirement to:
  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


The Association for Physical Education has published some great resources relating to this to help with reporting on impact. Their Key Indicators Poster sets out five 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

In addition to publishing what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future schools should also consider how their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

Once again the Association for Physical Education is there to help, with a website template to support schools with this reporting. You can click HERE to download a MS Word copy of the template or click HERE to download an editable PDF copy.

Perhaps you can help by getting involved with our own impact assessment and reporting? As 2020 was drawing to a close we announced our intention to start 2021 as we meant to go on with a programme of focus groups - all delivered digitally.

Our first topic, in January, looked at combatting obesity in the time of COVID-19. In this first discussion, with outdoor time and school activities restricted throughout 2020 we wanted to find out how this has affected children and staff, as well as the steps being taken to change the way things are done and to keep children active outdoors. 

You can download the full report from this here.


If you have outdoor developments planned please call Playforce on 01604 261690 to book a free consultation.

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