Primary PremiumYST Primary PE and Sport Premium Guidance
In March 2013 the Government announced that it would provide additional funding to primary schools to support the improvement of provision of PE and sport. The funding, allocated to headteachers in primary schools is ring fenced and can only be spent on PE and sport in primary schools. The headteacher and governors are accountable for the spending of the funding.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport. It is to benefit primary-aged pupils and to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
Funding for the 2020/21 academic year
On 5 July 2020, the Education Secretary confirmed that the primary PE & Sport Premium would continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year.
It was also confirmed that funding from the 2019-20 academic year that schools have been unable to use as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use in the next academic year.
The announcement followed several statements from ministers on the importance of Physical Education and sport to young people's recovery following school closures and social distancing.
On 29 June, Educuation Minister Vicky Ford MP said the following in response to a written question on young people's wellbeing: "There are well established links between physical activity, improved mental wellbeing and educational attainment and we recognise the importance that children continue to remain fit and active, wherever possible, and have the 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. We are encouraging schools to prioritise physical activity as they welcome more children back to school." Read the full answer.
Earlier in June, the Youth Sport Trust wrote an open letter to the Education Secretary asking for clarity on plans for the 2020/21 PE & Sport Premium.
Funding for 2019/20 academic year
This was confirmed by DfE in April 2019. A total of £320 million will again be made available to primary schools in England to improve the quality of PE and sport. The conditions of funding were released by DfE in October 2019.
Funding for 2018/19 academic year
Please remember, it is a statutory requirement that all schools in receipt of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2018/19 have their completed reports live on their school websites by Wednesday 31 July 2019.
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