The Government has released its guidance to schools on the doubled School Sport Premium in England with an additional £160 million per year for schools to spend on increasing physical activity.
In addition to doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year, the Department for Education have published details of the individual allocations at school level and funding guidance for this scheme.
One of the ways a school can choose to spend the premium is to "embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching".
Commenting on the announcement, Xavier Brice, Chief Executive of Sustrans, walking and cycling charity said:
“We welcome the doubling of the School Sport Premium and call on schools to use the additional funding to enable more children to walk, cycle or scoot on their journey to school.
“Walking and cycling is an ideal way to keep young people active and helps them get their recommended hour of physical activity a day to maintain a healthy weight. Children who actively travel to school are also found to be more awake and ready to learn.
"Improving school sports is essential but not all children enjoy competitive sport. At the time when a third of our children are overweight and obese, it’s important we help them build more physical activity into their daily routine, and walking and cycling to school can do just that"
Sustrans has delivered active travel programmes with more than 2,000 schools across the UK building children’s confidence to ride a bike, walk and scoot to school.