Erewash schools to discuss cash options

Discussions are being held across Erewash to decide how pupils can benefit from a £150m Government cash injection for school sport across the UK.

Rhian Lilley, the leader of Erewash School Sport Partnership, has been meeting with primary school headteachers across the borough to talk about the best way forward.

She said the money was positive news for primary schools in the borough but has been urging headteachers to be cautious when deciding how to spend their share.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement means that each primary school in the UK will receive £8,000 to spend on sport along with a £5 top-up per pupil.

The money will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s needs.

Rhian is development manager of Erewash School Sport Partnership, which aims to include as many young people as possible in sport at 46 schools across the borough.

She said: “This is really positive news for primary schools and their pupils who will benefit from the grant.

“It’s a welcome boost at a time when finances are being stretched.

“However, we are asking headteachers not to rush into any agreements even though it may seem like an easy option.

“We are encouraging schools to look at supporting their current staff with a comprehensive training programme for PE, increasing more after-school opportunities and engaging in the partnership’s competition calendar.”

Schools will receive the money in September 2013 and get the same amount in September 2014.

In a letter to primary head teachers across Erewash, Rhian outlined the expectations that will come with the funding.

She said: “Schools will be held to account for how they spend the funding.

“Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and schools will be required to include details about sporting provision on their website, alongside their curriculum details.”