Schools in Wirral are to receive double the amount of cash for PE and sport, following today’s announcement by the Department for Education that the Borough will now receive £1.7m.
The extra cash has been welcomed by Cllr. Paul Hayes, Spokesman on the Children & Families Committee: “This extra cash, going directly to our schools, means more can be done to increase sport and PE for children across Wirral.”
Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said: “We want to make sure all children have a healthy and active lifestyle and it’s vital that we encourage this in our classrooms. That’s why we have doubled the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million per year to improve the quality of PE and sport in our schools. I’m also pleased that more pupils will benefit from our new £100 million Healthy Pupil Capital Fund, which will help improve facilities, such as sports halls and playgrounds.”
The Conservative government is delivering a series of actions to improve children’s health. Alongside the doubled PE and Sport Premium, we are investing £100 million through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund to facilitate improvements to children’s physical and mental health by increasing and improving access to and use of relevant facilities, such as kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms and sports facilities.
As part of our wider programme of work, we are also investing a further £26 million in breakfast clubs. This money will encourage innovation and kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in at least 1,500 schools, with a focus on increasing provision for disadvantaged pupils in Opportunity Areas.