Sports organisations seek clarity on future of PE premium funding


The government has been urged to provide urgent clarity for schools, amid uncertainty over the continuation of the £320 million PE and sport premium.

Forty influential charities and sporting organisations have written to ministers seeking answers on the future of the funding, worth around £18,000 to the average primary school.

Leaders from the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Athletics, England Netball and Swim England are among those to have signed the open letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson.

It warns of a possible “scaling back of initiatives” should the funding not continue and suggests that the uncertainty is a growing issue for schools as they plan their provision for the next academic year from September.

“With young people’s recovery of such paramount importance, it would be devastating of the national effort to support the recovery of young people’s health and wellbeing was hampered by an avoidable delay in confirming funding for next year,” it states.

Boosting sport and PE in schools

Primary schools have received the premium – which takes the form of a ring‐fenced grant – since2013, with funding based on pupil numbers. 

Given the way it is calculated, it means the average one‐form primary receives in the region of£18,000 annually to support PE and sport.

There is no set time for when the funding is usually announced – back in 2019 the continuation was unveiled in April, whereas schools had to wait until July for confirmation in 2020.

Schools minister Nick Gibb has said his department will “confirm arrangements” as soon as they can for 2021‐2022, and that they are “aware of the importance of giving schools as much notice as possible”.

However ministers have not committed to providing any additional funding to date, sparking concerns that it may not continue.

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