As a new academic year gets underway, it’s worth understanding the government’s PE and Sport Premium and ensuring your school is maximising this opportunity.
18th September 2023
Essentially, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers say children and young people should do moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least an hour daily. Meanwhile, the Childhood Obesity Plan recommends that at least 30 minutes of this daily activity should happen in school.
Primary schools in particular have a key role to play in meeting these goals, and there is a clear link between academic attainment and exercise. The government says all youngsters should enjoy the same access to high-quality PE and have the same chances to experience and participate in a varied programme of physical activities.
The PE and Sport Premium funding is available from the Department for Education to most schools with primary-age pupils, and is based on the numbers of children in years 1 to 6.
You can’t spend this money on core school activities; instead it’s intended to make extra, sustainable improvements to PE and sport provision, and to improve equal access for boys and girls to physical activity.
Areas where it can be spent include (but are not necessarily limited to):
For the current academic year:
You can read more about eligibility, how the funding can be used and payment dates on the government’s website here.
We’ve previously written about charity The Youth Sports Trust’s concern over cuts to the number of hours England’s pupils spend on sport and PE, and the potential threat to young people’s wellbeing. (Since 2012, there has been a sharp decline in the number of delivered PE lessons, from 326,277 to the current figure of just under 286,000.)
The organisation’s chief executive Ali Oliver told journalists:
“Too many children are missing out, with poor wellbeing and lacking a sense of belonging. The evidence is clear: unhappy, unhealthy children do not learn. We’re seeing evidence of this in high levels of persistent absence and mental ill health.”
Earlier in the year, the government stated that schools across England should provide a minimum of two hours’ weekly PE, while ensuring boys and girls enjoy the same opportunities during these sessions. This funding provides an excellent opportunity to help achieve this. Be sure your school is accessing and making the most of this money.Back to all blog posts