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What will be the sport premium’s legacy?

Primary schools are diligently making use of their primary sport premium, but will this pump-priming see any long-term benefit, or is it another flash in the political pan?

School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) are tailing off. The NASUWT reports that in July 2012, 48 per cent of local authorities recorded a decline in the number of SSPs and a further 28 per cent had no functioning SSP within their area at all. 

Short-term funding and lack of planned sustainability meant that much of the expertise and the links built-up while the SSPs were financially supported was lost when the money stopped. Is the primary sport premium similarly doomed?

The launch of the primary sport premium was largely met with support in March 2013, when the government announced: 

However, concerns have been raised by sports associations, professionals and the Education Select Committee surrounding the short-term nature of the new funding. Furthermore, during a House of Commons debate in July, the benefits of SSPs were noted and many gave evidence to support the work they did and bemoan the links and expertise that have been lost.

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