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NatCen commissioned to investigate the use of the PE and sport premium in primary schools

23 April 2014 | Tags: children and young people, schools and education, sports, physical education, fitness

New research commissioned by the DfE and conducted by NatCen Social Research will look at how primary schools are using £450m government funding to improve their PE provision.

New research commissioned by the Department for Education and conducted by NatCen Social Research will look at how schools are using the £450m cross-government funding targeted at improving the quality and breadth of physical education and sport provision across primary schools in England.

The study will be conducted over a two year period and combines both a survey of schools with more in-depth interviews with 40 schools and focus groups with teachers and pupils. Two surveys of approximately 500 primary schools in England will provide a picture of how schools are improving their physical education and sport provisions using the additional resources. NatCen will also produce in-depth case studies of 12 schools, to provide a full picture of how the funding is being used and how pupils and teachers think the premium is working.

The premium is ring-fenced funding and paid across three academic years to 2015/16. The funding is paid directly to primary schools, to be spent on the improvement of PE and sport, aiming to encourage pupils to develop healthier lifestyles. The funding is provided by the Department for Education, with contributions from the Department of Health and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. [1] The premium provides primary schools with eligible pupils with £8,000, plus £5 per pupil.

Dr. Jane O'Brien, Director of Children & Young People commented: “The Government is investing a lot of money to improve physical education and attitudes to healthy lifestyles in primary schools. The combination of approaches will tell us how the money has been used by schools, the impact teachers think the investment has made, and what children think about the changes in their school”.



For more information contact Leigh Marshall: 0207 549 8506 / 0782 803 1850 or Naomi Joyner 0207 549 9550 / 0773 496 0069.

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