On 17th July 2017, Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, announced that the Primary PE & Sport Premium Funding will be doubled from September 2017. This is part of an additional £1.3 billion of investment going into schools across the next two years.
Clare Van Niekerk of Active School fully supports the DfE’s decision to bring more clarity and certainty to the funding of the sector. “I couldn’t be more pleased to hear that the Government are putting more investment into the physical education of our primary school pupils. The extra funding will allow schools to further use sport and physical activity as an enabler for emotional and physical health, which leads to increased educational attainment and all round improved wellbeing. Encouraging children to adopt a positive lifestyle at an early age is an investment in their future and something we should all be striving to do.”
The Department for Education have released the following transcript of Greening’s statement to parliament:
“As well as this additional investment through the national funding formula, I am confirming our commitment to doubling the physical education and sports premium for primary schools. All primary schools will receive an increase in their PE and sports premium funding in the next academic year.”
“The significant investment we are making in schools and the reforms we are introducing underpin our ambition for a world-class education system. Together, they will give schools a firm foundation that will enable them to continue to raise standards, promote social mobility, and give every child the best possible education and the best opportunities for the future.”