David Cameron offers guarantee on primary school sport funding

 

 

No 10 hopes pledge of £150m a year under Tory government will reassure headteachers that funds will keep coming after 2015

 

David Cameron has pledged £150m a year in primary school sport funding guaranteed until 2020 if the Conservatives are re-elected, to secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

A two-year dedicated English primary school PE fund was announced in March and began in September 2013, but there has been uncertainty in schools over whether the funding will stop after the election, and some headteachers have been reluctant to take up the funding this year or undertake any capital investment.

Figures show that almost a third of school-age children in England are overweight and 14-20% are obese. An Ofsted report last year said a third of primary schools were failing to provide effective PE for pupils.

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