PE and Sports Premium doubles to £320 million - Active travel to school is included

On Tuesday (24th October 2017) the government announced that it was doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320million a year. The funding aims to improve the quality of PE and Sports Provision in schools, supporting children’s health through physical activity.

The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department for Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. The area that is key for the promotion of sustainable and active travel is that the government have outlined that the money can be used to “embed physical activity into the school day through active travel for journeys to and from school”.

For those of you that are working with schools, this is a huge opportunity for you to make them aware of the range of services that you can offer and to provide them with hints, tips and ideas for spending an allocation of their PE and Sports Premium budget on walking and cycling.

Some specific areas that they can spend the funding on include:

Modeshift will be providing further guidance to local authorities on the types of activities they could promote to schools in the coming days but in the meantime, please visit the links below for the full details of the announcement.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pe-and-sports-premium-doubles-to-320-million

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools

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