Primary School PE and Sport Premium Funding continuation announcement is welcomed
An announcement that Primary Schools in Essex will again receive PE & Sport Premium funding for the 2020-21 academic year has been welcomed by Essex County Council.
The announcement was made by Education secretary Gavin Williamson on Sunday 5 July.
The funding, which was doubled in 2017, will continue at this higher rate resulting in a national investment of £320 million. Designed to support primary schools to improve the quality and capacity of their PE and sport provision, this much needed funding helps children become healthier both mentally and physically.
The Department for Education has also confirmed that any PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20) that schools were unable to use as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be brought forward to use in the next academic year.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This funding has been invaluable to Essex schools allowing vast improvements to delivery and opportunities, alongside increased levels of enjoyment and participation for our young people.
“Throughout this pandemic there has been a clear message from both the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer that physical activity is essential in the fight against Covid:19 as a way of maintaining physical and mental health. It is vital that this extends to our children and young people too and this continued investment will enable schools to ensure this remains a high
priority, providing the certainty they need to prepare their PE and sports activities for next year.”
Active Partnerships nationally had been supporting the lobbying of government along with other sector partners such as Youth Sport Trust for this announcement on behalf of our schools.
Anthony Seaman, PE and Physical Literacy Specialist at Grove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh, said: “Here at Grove Wood Primary we are delighted to hear recent news regarding the Primary PE and Sport premium grant.
“With so many young people facing challenges throughout the pandemic, we are pleased to know that the fund can be utilised strategically to support young people by further developing a physical activity, sport, physical education and health offer to match the ever-changing landscape.
“Developing crucial social, personal, physical and thinking skills through a widespread, health-centred Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) offer is now further enhanced by this wonderful news!”
Active Essex will continue to monitor the impact of this grant across Greater Essex, offering advice on how to maximise effectiveness of spend, sharing good practice and ensuring compliance with grant conditions.