Primary PE & Sport Premium 2020/21
Posted: Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:16
We are delighted that the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year.
Importantly, the DfE has also sanctioned 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 carried forward to utilise in the next academic 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 – improved physical and mental well-being and increased academic achievement.
Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, 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."
James Grinsted, Senior Partnerships Manager for Young People, said:
"Sport Birmingham are delighted with the announcement today that the Primary PE & Sport Premium funding has been committed for 2020/21. PE and sport play an important role in the development of children and this funding will enable more children across the city to have a positive experience of PE and sport at school, allowing them more opportunities to be physically active and gain the many benefits associated with this.
Early research has shown that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have had a significant impact on the physical and mental well-being of children and young people from across Birmingham, and it is vitally important that PE, school sport and physical activity are at the forefront of their full return to schools in September."
We know this has been an area of concern for many schools in their planning for next academic year and therefore it is very welcome news. We are keen to ensure that this continued funding into primary schools is used to improve the long-term well-being of children across the city, placing PE and sport at the heart of all children's return to school from September.
For more information please check https://www.sportbirmingham.org/school-sport for updates and further information over the coming days.