PE and Sport Premium confirmed for next year

20 July 2020

After months of being stuck at home it was great to have some good news this month with the news that the Government has confirmed that the PE & Sport Premium will continue next year. Unspent money from the funding for the previous year, interrupted by the pandemic, will also be rolled over. 

The decision follows months of campaigning by politicians and sporting celebrities including Sir Mo Farah, Hannah Cockroft and Manu Tuilagi.

Announcing that the £320m funding (which was ringfenced in 2013) would be continued for next year, education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:

“During these challenging times, it has become clearer to me than ever the importance of keeping active and how it benefits not just our physical health but also our ability to pay attention, our mood and our mental health.

“I know that many children will have missed time spent outdoors with their friends – that’s why it’s so important that ahead of a full return to school in September, schools get the certainty they need to prepare their PE and sports activities for next year.”

Youth Sport Trust chief executive Ali Oliver said the health and well being of children will be a key priority for schools:

“Sport and physical education have an essential role to play in children’s recovery, particularly following a period of lockdown which has seen too many either become less active or completely inactive.

“We are delighted that the primary PE and Sport Premium for 2020/21 has been confirmed at this critical time.

“Many primary schools will be using this funding to improve provision of PE and sport and to develop teachers’ confidence to deliver it, positioning PE and sport at the core of schools’ work to improve pupils’ health, wellbeing and ability to learn.”

It’s been around since 2013 but the Sport & PE Premium is still one of the best ways to fund you playground development. It is a ring-fenced grant for primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity. Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers. The average one form entry primary school will receive roughly £18,000 per year. You can read more about this in a series of blogs we posted: 
What is the Sports & PE Premium? 
What can we spend our Sports & PE Premium on?  
Sports & PE Premium measuring action & success 

And if you’re looking for more information on topping this up, take a look at our funding ideas here

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