Purpose of Funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but 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 to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
  • supporting and engaging children through offering after school clubs with various physical focuses
  • 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 / increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games / taking part in public performances
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • offering PE opportunities off site enabling children to access equipment that is not typically accessible in school
  • update school sports equipment
  • improve Forest school provision
  • improve children’s recreational opportunities and play at lunchtimes


Schools are held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the ‘Inspectors’ handbook’ and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.