Primary PE and Sport Premium confirmed to continue at £320 million for 2020/21

By Charlotte Pedley on July 6th, 2020 - comments

Active Lincolnshire, and the One Network are delighted to see the Department for Education’s (DfE) commitment to continue the £320 million PE and Sport Premium investment for another academic year (2020/21).

The One Network, of which Active Lincolnshire is a member, is a collaboration of not for profit organisations seeking to increase the quality and quantity of physical activity, PE, play, community and school sport in Lincolnshire. Members of the One Network played a significant role in in lobbying to secure the funding, and are delighted that children in Lincolnshire and across the country will continue to benefit from the PE and Sport Premium.

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.

The funding, which was doubled in 2017, will once again continue at this higher rate of £320 million next year.

The Department for Education has also confirmed that any PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20) that 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.

Navaz Sutton, Director of Development at Active Lincolnshire commented.

We’re delighted with the government’s announcement to continue to fund the PE and Sport Premium for primary schools.

We’ve seen as a nation the importance of being physically active during lockdown, however with schools shut the numbers of children meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for physical activity has dropped from 47% to 19%. Physical Education and sport in schools has a vital role to play in children’s physical and mental health as well as providing an environment to support pupils ability to express themselves, communicate, socially reconnect, empathise and self-regulate.

Active Lincolnshire and the One Network, will continue to support schools to make the best use of their Premium funding as schools welcome pupils back.

Read the full government announcement here.

Find out more about the campaign to secure the announcement here

Following the announcement, Active Lincolnshire, working with the One Network, have gathered together some of the most up-to-date guidance and resources relating to the PE and Sport Premium funding, and the benefits of PE and Physical Activity to support schools as pupils start their transition from home learning back to the school environment. Lincolnshire Schools can also book onto a free webinar on Wednesday 15 July, which will provide information on supporting schools though the use of sport and physical activity and discuss the wellbeing of pupils and teachers.

Visit our The role of PE in the New Normal webpage to find out more.

For more information about Active Lincolnshire’s support for schools visit our  Children and Young People’s pages or contact  schools@activelincolnshire.com

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