The Education Secretary has announced that schools in England will benefit from £320 million from the PE and Sport Premium during the academic year 2020-21.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– from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, 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."
The government have provided PE and Sport Premium funding to primary schools since 2013 demonstrating the significance of Physical Education and School Sport. Considering the current circumstances further investment is crucial. This acknowledgment by the government is testament to the importance of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) in ensuring the best outcomes for all children and young people (C & YP) are achieved.
Specific information about how we are going to allocate these funds, and the impact it has on the children attending our school, is provided below. Please note that this information, particularly on the impact of this spending, will be updated throughout the academic year.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding including our involvement with Gateshead School Sport Partnership.