The Department for Education announced yesterday (17 June) that the Primary PE and School Sport Premium will continue for the next academic year (2021/22).
The premium will continue at £320 million next year and schools will be able to carry over underspends until July 2022, to prioritise children's
activity as part their recovery.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
"I am pleased to announce that we will continue to fund the PE and Sport Premium next year, so primary schools can continue to prioritise children's physical
wellbeing alongside education recovery.
"Children's physical health has never been more important, and I am proud that this investment will build on our actions across government to support this activity
– including through our School Sport and Activity Action Plan, and our £10.1 million investment helping school sport facilities and swimming pools."
The funding, for the next academic year, can be used by schools alongside any money leftover from the Primary PE and sport premium grant this year or last. These
underspends can be used by schools until 31 July 2022, and will help them to prioritise physical activities, sport and physical education with mental health and
wellbeing support, or education catch up and tutoring.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:
"Today's announcement confirming the PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year gives schools the opportunity to improve the quality of their sport provision
and plan ahead with their funding. It is vital all children have an active start in life, and our continued investment will play an important part in their
development and recovery from the pandemic."
The funding builds on the ambitious School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which will be updated later this year.
Government are working closely with the sector to improve children and young people's physical activity, including through investment; building on core content for
physical activity in the health and relationships school curriculum; and working across the sector to produce targeted videos, guidance and support to continue to
prioritise PE, sport and physical activity.
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:
"We welcome the confirmation of further PE and Sport Premium funding for the next academic year. Their time at school is a huge part of how children can engage
with the activity they enjoy, and which can also support them to focus and learn. After a year of significant disruption to children's activity levels and
schooling, a high-quality PE and sport offer, boosting their health and wellbeing, has never been more important."
Further information and support regarding the use and spending of the PESSP is available via the following links :
Primary PE and Sport Premium confirmed for 2021/22 - Youth Sport