£320 million investment announced as Primary PE and Sport Premium continues
Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:03
Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire is delighted following yesterday's (5th July 2020) announcement by the Department for Education confirming the continuation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the 2020/21 academic year.
The announcement of a £320 million investment to support primary schools improve the quality of PE and sport in order to help more children become more active within their early years is a significant step in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of children across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Additionally, it has also been announced that any PE and Sport Premium funding from the academic year 2019/20, that schools were unable to utilise as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, can be carried over and used within the next academic year.
In the announcement, Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary stated, "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."
Sue Wilkinson MBE, afPE CEO said, "There is irrefutable research, anecdotal evidence and first hand experiences from a plethora of people on the difference that PESSPA can make to the lives of Children & Young People. The impact on cognitive, physical and behavioural competencies is incredible. All children and young people are entitled to a statutory high quality PE curriculum that develops, for example, physical competence, confidence, leadership skills, resilience and character; it also provides opportunities to engage in school sport and daily physical activity in line with the Chief Medical Officer's recommendations."
Huw Griffiths, Children and Young People Manager said, "This news could not be more welcome. Research has shown that as a result of lockdown restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, children and young people's physical and mental wellbeing has been significantly impacted. Making sure that every child has access to positive, fun and high-quality PE and Sport within their early years is essential in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of children and young people and decreasing the levels of inactivity.
"The continuation of funding for improved PE, physical activity and sport will enable schools to place this at the forefront as they return in September. This announcement will enable schools across both counties to continue with the fantastic work they have put in place to offer children a varied physical activity offer."
For more information on PE and Sport Premium, please visit https://www.activehw.co.uk/primary-pe