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Accountability Reviews – Change to PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

Published on 01/04/18

In October 2017, the DfE made changes to their guidance on PE and sport premium for primary schools which involved adding a condition requiring schools to “publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.”

This information is required to be published on your school website in addition to the existing details below:

  • The amount of funding received for the academic year
  • A breakdown of spend (or planned spend)
  • The effect on pupil’s participation and attainment
  • How you will ensure sustainable improvement

The new condition was added in response to ‘recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools’. You can find their resources here and the full DfE guidance on the website here.

The DfE have advised that they will be carrying out accountability reviews after the April deadline for schools to have published details on their websites of how they have spent their premium funding. They will be sampling a number of schools in each local authority and have advised that the schools chosen “will be based on a mix of random selection and prior non-compliance with online reporting requirements.”

Here at e4education, we are able to provide a free checklist to our existing customers which outline all of the Ofsted school website requirements. We have two versions; one for maintained schools and one for academies, free schools and 16-19 colleges. If are an existing customer and would like to receive a copy of this document, please email us at and we would be happy to email one across to you.

Please note that whilst we provide every effort to provide schools with as much information on the guidelines as possible, we are unable to check and confirm if your site is Ofsted compliant as the responsibility for this lies with directly with the school.

Katie Sixsmith

Katie joined e4education in November 2015 as a Project Co-ordinator in our Production Team. She was promoted to Production Supervisor in 2017 and then moved over to join the Commercial Team as our Marketing and Communications Executive in the summer of 2018. She has a 2.1 BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the Open University. 

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