Sports Premium Funding

What is the School Sports Premium Fund?

It was introduced in 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England.  The funding is provided by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport.  The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced.  This means it must only be spent on improving the provision of P.E. and sport in schools.  It is intended to make additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of P.E. for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. 

Our Vision at Copthorne Community Infant School

At Copthorne Community Infant School we recognise the contribution of P.E. to the health and well being (both physical and mental) of our children.  We believe that a varied P.E. curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the achievements (academically, personally, socially and physically) of our children.

We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop and become healthy individuals who have the enthusiasm and skills to participate in sport and activities both in Copthorne and later, thus encouraging healthy habits for life.

Please see our planned spending for this academic year:

PE and Sports Premium Action Plan 2021-2022


How much money do schools receive?

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 pupil.


What is it used for?

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


There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • 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
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport


Schools can use the funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • 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
  • raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching


How have we spent the funds at Copthorne Community Infant School? 

PE and Sports Premium Action Plan 2020-2021