Schools: Sports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th November 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how her Department is working with the Department for Education to increase organised sport in schools.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We work closely with the Department for Education on a wide range of issues including children’s and young person’s sport. This includes the Ministerial School Sport Board, which I attend along with the Minister of State for Children and Families and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care. Through the primary PE and sport premium, the government has invested over £600m of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport since 2013. By using revenue from the soft drinks industry levy, we have doubled the premium funding from £160m to £320m a year. This funding is providing directly to schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

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