Boris Johnson, Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has welcomed news that primary school children across the constituency will continue to benefit from higher quality PE lessons and better sport opportunities as part of the PE and Sport Premium.
Backed by a £320 million investment, the PE and Sport Premium will encourage children to play more sport, increase their social skills, and improve their physical activity after lockdown. Schools will also be able to improve the quality of their teaching and make longer-term, sustainable changes to their lessons. The funding builds on the ambitious School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which will be updated later this year.
Local schools set to benefit include Highfield Primary School, Ryefield Primary School, Hillingdon Primary School, St Bernadettes Catholic Primary School, Oak Farm Junior School, Oak Farm Infant School, John Locke Academy, Meadow High School and St Andrews CofE Primary.
The funding, for the next academic year, can be used by schools alongside any money left over from the PE and Sport Premium grant this year or last. These underspends can be used by schools until 31 July 2022, and will help them to prioritise physical activities, sport and physical education with mental health and wellbeing support, or education catch up and tutoring.
Commenting on the announcement, Boris said: “I recognise that keeping fit and active is absolutely vital for our children’s mental and physical health. This continued investment will ensure that primary schools across Uxbridge and South Ruislip can continue to prioritise children’s physical wellbeing alongside education recovery. I would particularly like to pay tribute to all those at South Hillingdon School Sports Network for all they are doing to support local primary schools at this time."