In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum to primary schools and academies for the academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015. The vision being to improve the provision of physical education (P.E) and sport in primary schools in England.
This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – was allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding was ring-fenced and therefore could only be spent on the provision of P.E and sport in schools.
In the Autumn Statement of 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding (2015 to 2016), taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
On 6th February 2014 the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continuing the funding of the Primary P.E & Sport Premium until 2020.
During 2017 the Department for Education announced that the Primary P.E & Sport Premium would be doubled from September 2017, making the yearly funding available to schools, £300m.