PRIMARY schools across the borough are set to benefit from nearly £1m of funding.
Following on from the sporting legacy left by the London 2012 Olympics, more than 100 schools across the borough will share a £917,000 grant from the Department for Education.
The long-awaited policy is the result of months of talks in Whitehall, and comes after widespread calls for more investment in school sport to help build on the legacy potential of the 2012 Games.
Despite record investment in elite and community sport in the last six months, the Government has been criticised for making cuts in school sports.
Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of pupils that are in each school say DofE chiefs.
All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive the sum of £500 per pupil.
Thus: a school with 16 eligible pupils would receive £8,000; a school with 12 such pupils would receive £6,000; and a school with five such pupils – the smallest that we know of – would receive £2,500.
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, said: “We must harness the sporting spirit of 2012 for all our young people. We have listened to teachers, and to Ofsted, who have said that sport provision in our primary schools is far too often just not up to scratch.
“That is why we are putting money directly into the hands of primary head teachers to spend it on improving PE in their schools.
“By providing this money and reintroducing competitive sport back into the heart of the curriculum we can achieve an Olympic legacy in our schools we can be proud of.”
Last month a four-year long Ofsted report concluded there was not enough strenuous, physical activity in many of England’s school PE lessons, with teachers tending to lack specialist training, and a minority of schools playing competitive sport at a high level.
Olympic gold winner, Jess Ennis CBE said: “It is great to see initiatives that help to give really young children the chance to take part in sport.
“This latest funding for primary schools sounds fantastic – so many of them have no funds for PE and hopefully now whether in an inner city or small rural community young kids will be introduced to fun ways to be active that will spark an interest in taking part in sport as they grow up.”