FUNDING FOR PE AND SPORTS SET TO DOUBLE

The Department for Education has recently announced (24th October 2017) that they will be increasing the funding primary schools receive to develop PE and Sport Provision from £160 million to £320 million a year.

This announcement is part of a series of programmes led by the Department to help tackle childhood obesity and develop healthy lifestyles among pupils. The Department for Education are working alongside other departments and agencies including the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as part of the Childhood Obesity Plan.

The Department states,

“ Healthy eating, physical activity and sport not only help tackle childhood obesity, but can also have a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour, attendance, concentration and attainment, helping children to reach their potential.”

The government has also announced that they will deliver a series of initiatives to improve children’s health. One such initiative is the investment of £100 million through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund which aims to enable improvement of access to facilities such as dining facilities, changing rooms and sports facilities.

Details of both individual allocations and funding guidance can be found on the www.gov.uk website.

 

 

Source: Department for Education www.gov.uk

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