Youth Sport Trust CEO Ali Oliver has welcomed the announcement that primary schools in England will receive £320million funding from the PE and Sport Premium during the academic year 2020-21.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the funding, which was doubled in 2017, will continue at this higher rate of £320million next year.
The PE and Sport Premium is designed to help children get an active start in life, supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise – from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement.
Responding to the announcement, Youth Sport Trust CEO Ali Oliver – who is a Board member of the Sport for Development Coalition – said: “As young people return to school, their wellbeing will be one of the biggest priorities in education.
“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.”
The Department for Education has also confirmed that any PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20) which schools were unable to use as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use in the next academic year, giving school leaders an opportunity to develop or add to their existing provision, or to make improvements that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
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 too.
“Every family will have had a different experience of the pandemic, and 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.”
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