Last week saw the announcement that schools are set to receive £415million to help pupils benefit from more active, healthier lifestyles by the Government.

The Education Secretary, Justine Greening, made the announcement (28 February 2017)  which will see primary, secondary and sixth form colleges being able to use the funding to pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating.

In addition, schools will also be able to use the programme to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people who may be struggling with mental health issues.

It is intended that local authorities and large multi-academy trusts will be allocated funds and then decisions will be made locally on how the money is invested. For smaller multi-academy trusts (MATs), individual academies and sixth form centres, they will be able to bid for grants for specific one off projects.

The money, which is set to come from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, will be available to schools in the 2018-2019 financial year but the Government has pledged to ensure that the amount schools receive will not fall below £415million (regardless of the funds generated by the levy).

Details on how the fund will be distributed will be published later this year. For more information on the scheme please visit www.gov.uk.


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