PE and Sport Premium underspends can be rolled over to September

Any PE and Sport Premium funding that went unspent by schools because of the coronavirus lockdown can be rolled over to the next academic year, it has been confirmed, but must be spent by March.

It comes as the Department for Education has confirmed that it will maintain the £320 million PE and Sport Premium funding for the 2020/21 academic year.

The PE and Sport Premium is a ring-fenced grant for English primary schools to provide “additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity”. Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers. The average one-form entry primary school will receive around £18,000 per year.

Any schools rolling over unspent funds from this academic year must explain in the underspend in their online report. Rolled over funds will need to be spent by the end of March 2021.

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