Primary schools are to receive a new funding boost to improve PE lessons as part of the PE and sport premium.
The £150 million allocation is the second of three annual payments worth a total of over £450 million that the government is committed to giving to schools.
As a result, a typical primary school will receive £9,000, which equates to the cost of employing a specialist sports coach for two days each week.
Schools have already benefited from the investment, with nine out of ten improving the quality of their PE lessons. Over 90 per cent of these institutions reported improvements in children's health, behaviour and lifestyle.
Pupils are now spending more time in PE lessons due to the funding. In 2013, they spent an average of 122 minutes every week doing PE - 13 more than the previous year.
Minister for children and families Edward Timpson said: "Thanks to our PE and sport premium, primary schools are offering more and better quality sport programmes - and this funding boost will help headteachers go further."
Posted by Theo Foulds