Government funding to support physical activity in schools set to continue

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:12

Government funding to support physical activity in schools set to continue

The Department for Education announced on Sunday 5 July that the PE and School Sport Premium (PESP) funding will be extended for the academic year 2020/2021.

The PESP is designed to help children get an active start in life, supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise – from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement.

The PESP can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets.

The funding will continue to be allocated directly to schools, so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils, and the Department for Education has also confirmed that any underspend from academic year 2019/20 can be carried for into next year.

Guidance and advice for the PESP can be found here

Stephen Hulme, Active Norfolk's Children and Young People Development Manager said, "This is welcome news at a time when physical activity is more important than ever to promote positive physical and mental health, and the developmental benefits that it can offer to young people who have missed out on months of learning. We are now working up an online support offer to help Norfolk schools make the most of this funding."

Active Norfolk has supported schools in effective use of the Premium with training and support materials, which can be found at

For further information, guidance and support contact Joanne Thompson on

Tags: Children, Primary Premium, Schools