Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:25
In July 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding would continue at £320 million in 2020-21. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
"During these challenging times, it has become clearer to me than ever the importance of keeping active and how it benefits not just our physical health but also our ability to pay attention, our mood and our mental health too."
This year the opportunity to be physically active through play, PE, sport, and active lessons is markedly different from previous years. To help, the DfE has sanctioned that any underspend due to the pandemic in 2019-20, can roll-over into 2020-21. The amount carried forward needs to be published in 2019-20 reports and added to 2020-21 reports too. It is stated in the new conditions of the grant for 2020-21, that any roll-over funding must be allocated and spent by the 31st March 2021.
Currently, all reports should be up-to-date and published for last year, inclusive of swimming attainment data. If this is not the case, please contact your SGO or Annie Hargreaves in Active Dorset for their support/advice. Full guidance from the Government about the Primary PE and Sport Premium for this year can be viewed here.
The challenge facing schools will be to fund innovative, sustainable solutions and to continue to create opportunities for primary children to be physically active, despite the pandemic. To drive school improvement across schools in BCP and Dorset, Active Dorset works with partners through a system change approach. Our key aim is for increased numbers of children and young people to be supported to become more physically active.
Currently, we are reviewing Phase 8 reports on school websites and gathering insight from primary PE colleagues about 'What PE and physical activity looks like in schools.' If you would like to help us gather this local intelligence, please take a moment to answer our short survey.
Any information that schools can offer Active Dorset about the effect of the pandemic, will be very useful. We will be sharing this insight with the DfE and Sport England in October 2020.