The Department for Education has announced that schools are to receive £415 million in 2018 to 2019 financial year to help pupils benefit from healthier, more active lifestyles.
Primary, secondary and sixth-form colleges will be able to use the funding to pay for facilities to support physical education (PE), after-school activities and healthy eating. Schools will also be able to use the new healthy pupils capital programme to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. Local authorities and larger multi-academy trusts will receive an allocation for schools and will make decisions locally on how this money is invested. Smaller multi-academy trusts (MATs), individual academies and sixth-form centres will be able to bid for grants for specific one-off projects through a new healthy pupils capital fund.
The money – from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy – will be available to schools in the 2018 to 2019 financial year and more details on how the fund will be distributed will be published later this year.