Call for clarity over future of £320m PE and Sport Premium

Primary schools are beginning to plan cuts to sporting provision due to continued confusion over the future of the £320m PE and Sport Premium.

The Department for Education (DfE) has yet to confirm whether the funding will continue for the 2023/24 academic year.

However, the Youth Sport Trust is warning that schools need clarity now in order to support their planning and safeguard existing provision.

A snapshot survey of 405 primary schools carried out by the charity over the past month has found that 73% of the schools would be unable to maintain their current physical activity and after-school sport offer unless the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding continues.

Schools receive the premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, with most schools getting £16,000 as well as an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

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