Sports Pupil Premium



What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of funding

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

This means that schools 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

Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving provision of PE and sport, but do have the freedom to choose how they do this.

For example, schools can use our 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

The premium may also be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. At the end of key stage 2 all pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water.

How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?

The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.

Providing opportunities for children to compete

As part of the Loddon Cluster Schools Sports Partnership, we annually use £800 of the sports premium to pay for an adult to organise competitive sports between schools at an interschool Cluster level, South Norfolk and onto County Level. Their role is to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries, whilst offering exit routes for our children, enabling them to be signposted towards a club or allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level. In the past the school has represented the Loddon Cluster, South Norfolk and won Norfolk Championships. We feel it is important that children who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others of a similar ability and potential. Thurton Primary school has been very successful in School sports over a number of years and welcomes the continuation of this post which was only made possible by this grant.

Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2021-2022


Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.


Page updated 8.1.19