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The government is continuing to provide additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.


This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census.


Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


Schools are held accountable for the decisions they make through:


  • including details of their provision of PE and sport on their website.
  • the Ofsted inspection framework will be updated, "so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school's overall provision".