DfE Confirm the Doubling of the Primary PE & Sport Premium from September 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Department for Education has confirmed that the Primary PE & Sport Premium will double from September 2017.

This afternoon’s Secretary of State’s announcement on school funding, also includes a section reconfirming the commitment to doubling the Primary PE & Sport Premium from September 2017.

The DfE has made the following statement:
“We appreciate there’s been some uncertainty in the sector on this, and would like to thank you for your patience and support as we have awaited ministerial decisions.”

“I know that you have been working to ensure the sector is best placed once the doubling comes into effect, and we will continue to work with you and other partners to support the delivery of the premium and to develop guidance and best practice resources for schools.”

“We also understand that schools are keen to know how much funding they will receive so that they can plan for the next academic year, and are seeking to communicate high level principles in preparation for the new academic year. These will be announced in due course, however, we can confirm that all schools will see an increase in their premium allocation.”

“The Government is committed to ensuring that all schools are fairly funded and that money is invested in the most effective way. After careful consideration, we have therefore decided not to proceed with the proposed healthy pupils capital programme, in order to provide more money to schools through their core funding instead. Schools can, of course, choose to invest their core funding in PE and Sport.”

Sue Wilkinson MBE, afPE’s CEO said:
“afPE is delighted to hear that the Government will continue to invest in physical education and school sport. The doubling of the funding formula will help schools to continue to use physical education, sport and physical activity as a tool to improve educational attainment, emotional and physical health and well-being. Children and young people are our future and we must all work collectively to ensure that we enable them to make the right lifestyle choices, support families and engage communities to make a difference. afPE will update members once we have had further discussions with the Department.”

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