Schools and the Budget
Double the dedicated funding for sport in primary schools, paid for by a levy on soft drinks
Soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. This will apply to drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 millilitres, with a higher rate for more than 8 grams per 100 millilitres. This won’t need to be paid on milk-based drinks or fruit juices.
This will be used to double the primary PE and sport premium (the additional money schools have to spend on PE and sports) to £320 million a year.
3. A longer school day for 25% of secondary schools
25% of secondary schools will be able to opt in to a longer school day from September 2017 so that they can offer a wider range of activities for pupils. There will be up to £285 million a year to pay for this.
4. Every school will be an academy by 2022
By the end of 2020, every school in England will be an academy or free school – or be in the process of becoming one. This will give head teachers more control over their budget and the curriculum they teach.
The current system for funding schools will also be replaced by a fairer national funding formula from April 2017. There will be £20 million a year in additional money for schools in the north of England.