Schools in Leeds and Wakefield get £3.1m cash boost for PE

Sir Steve Redgrave and former RL star Paul Broadbent in Leeds this summer to boost PE.
Sir Steve Redgrave and former RL star Paul Broadbent in Leeds this summer to boost PE.
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an extra £3.1m in funding has been given to primary schools in Leeds and Wakefield to improve the quality of PE lessons.

The money will be used to train PE teachers, buy new equipment, and offer a wider selection of after-school sports clubs.

The cash – known as the PE and Sports Premium – comes from the Department of Education and amounts to just over £2m for Leeds schools and over £1m for Wakefield schools.

It means a typical 250 pupil primary school will now receive £9,000; the equivalent of employing a specialist sports coach for two days each week.

Minister for children and families Edward Timpson said: “As part of our plan for education, we want all children to get into the habit of enjoying sport in primary school as it can help instil confidence, discipline, and determination.”

He added: “Whether a child is a potential Olympic champion or a keen amature like me, I want them all to be given a chance to fulfil their sporting potential.”

The Yorkshire and Humber region will receive a funding boost of £16.7m to the schools’ budgets.

The PE and Sports Premium is a fund introduced in 2013 worth £150m each year which goes directly to headteachers to decide how the money should be spent.

According to Government research, the funding is mostly used to increase the skills and training of existing staff and has led to the improvement of PE lessons in nine out of ten schools.

Sue Wilkinson, from the Association for PE, said: “We are extremely pleased that headteachers are using their funding to increase the amount of time spent on PE and improving learning opportunities for teachers so they can deliever the very best quality lessons.”

Boosting PE in primary schools was a cause recently recognised by Olympic rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave, who visited Leeds this summer as part of a scheme to give PE staff with the skills they need to teach sport in a fun way. Sir Steve visited pupils at Corpus Christi College and St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School as an abassador for Sporting Promise – delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

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