"The additional funding for primary sports and physical education is used effectively. New sports activities, such as lacrosse and Gaelic football, break down gender stereotypes and attract a wider range of competitions. There are now more sports and dance clubs, together with increased participation in sports competitions."
(Ofsted, October 2015)
The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year.
The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the department to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan, they are working with other departments and agencies – including the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – to make sure children are healthy and active.
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.
Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:
“We want to make sure all children have a healthy and active lifestyle and it’s vital that we encourage this in our classrooms. That’s why we have doubled the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million per year to improve the quality of PE and sport in our schools. I’m also pleased that more pupils will benefit from our new £100 million Healthy Pupil Capital Fund, which will help improve facilities, such as sports halls and playgrounds.”
Our curriculum combines the learning of new skills with the use of these skills in a competitive environment. We have excellent facilities and our using our PE grant to further develop our teachers' skills.
"You can’t beat the life lessons that competitive sport offers."
Victoria Pendleton CBE, 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Cycling