Children and young people

Helping young people to live active lives is critical to creating a happier, healthier and more prosperous London

Working with schools, colleges, policymakers, teachers and anyone supporting young people, our role is to advise, inform and create positive change to allow more children and young people to develop a resilient physical activity habit for life.

Primary PE and Sport Premium – improving the quality of sport

The Physical Education (PE) and Sport Premium provides funding for primary schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. It is expected that schools will see an improvement across the following 5 key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that children aged 5-16 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport

We provide guidance to schools on how to make effective use of their funding, access to resources to help them make appropriate choices and, where appropriate, access to a mentor to help them to improve areas in need of development

Each year we produce our Primary PE and Sport Premium Guide for all schools looking for support on best use of their funding.

To access the Primary PE and Sport Premium Guide click here

Search for school sport suppliers

With a vast range of organisations offering physical activity and sport services to London’s schools it can be time consuming for teachers to be able to use their funding in the best way.

We’ve made this easier by creating the first ever School Sport Suppliers Hub, where anyone can search for suppliers in just a few clicks.

Access the School Sport Suppliers Hub

Active Lives for children and young people

The Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People is the survey that will measure young people’s involvement in physical activity and sport across the whole country. This survey is supported by Sport England, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport.

It looks into the physical activity and sport behaviours of children and will provide a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity.

We manage the roll out of this survey across schools in London, engaging with a minimum of 200 schools per school term.

Click here for more information on this survey

Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) has been introduced 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, after-school activities and healthy eating.

Boroughs are encouraged to invest their HPCF allocation in health and wellbeing evidence-based interventions which add value and have strong synergy with wider public health strategies, thus maximising upon the benefits for young Londoners.

Public Health England (London) will be producing a toolkit to support this fund that will be available during the Summer Term 2018.

Public Health England, London Sport and Healthy Schools London are working collaboratively to develop a list of holistic, evidence based interventions to support investment decisions. This will be made available during the Summer Term 2018 and will be published on the London Sport School Sport Suppliers Hub.

More details about the HPCF can be accessed here.

The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund toolkit will be available in Summer 2018, keep checking this page for when it will be available.

Funding Opportunities

We provide funding opportunities for the development of physical activity and sport for young people in London.

Visit the Funding Search Tool

Thought Leadership

We speak at many events, conferences and industry round tables on the future of physical activity for children and young people in London throughout the year, as well as producing thought leadership articles to provide advice and challenges to the sector. For information on our thought leadership work visit our blog.

Get in touch

For more information on our work with primary schools, and support available to other parts of the education sector, contact Gary Palmer – Specialist Advisor, Children and Young People –