The PE and Sport Premium Grant is part of a series of programmes to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding to improve provision of physical education (P.E.) and sport in primary schools in England – 'The Primary PE and Sport Premium'.
In October 2017 The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance, doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year. Following an announcement by Nadhim Zahawi at The Youth Sport Trust 2018 Conference, the DfE have confirmed that the investment will remain doubled at £320 million for 2018/19.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils (in the 2018 to 2019 academic year), to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. Information on how much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive and advice on how to spend it has been published. The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.