Friday, 12 April 2013

Huppert Welcomes Funding For Primary School Sport

Primary schools across Cambridge are to receive a share of almost £160,000 from the government to boost school sports.

The news has been welcomed by the city’s MP Julian Huppert who believes the investment will help children to build confidence, understand teamwork and stay healthy.

Every state primary school in the city will receive the funding in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Among those benefiting will be Arbury Primary School which will receive £9,620, Kings Hedges Primary School which will receive £9,495 and the Shirley Primary School which will receive £9,580.

The funding is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher’s time to provide more sport for their pupils. A typical primary school with 250 pupils will receive £9,250 a year.

Julian said: “Sport is so valuable for primary school children and brings so many benefits and I am delighted that we are able to provide this funding to allow youngsters to take part.

“There could be no greater legacy from last summer’s Olympic Games than encouraging more children to play sport and, in turn lead a healthier lifestyle.”

Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (i.e. children between the ages of 5 and 11).  All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.  Smaller schools will receive the sum of £500 per pupil.  This means a school with 16 eligible pupils would receive £8,000; a school with 12 such pupils would receive £6,000; and a school with five such pupils – the smallest that we know of – would receive £2,500.

The figures are provisional, based on this year’s school census, so although schools will receive approximately these amounts, the final allocations will depend on the exact number of children on the school roll next year and the year after.