In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
In the 2016 Budget the then Chancellor, George Osborne, outlined that revenue from the soft drinks industry levy over the scorecard period will be used to:
Double the Primary School PE and Sport Premium from £160 million per year to £320 million per year from September 2017 to help schools support healthier, more active lifestyles. This funding will enable primary schools to make further improvements to the quality and breadth of PE and sport they offer