Mark Whitehead 01 March 2017

Schools to share £415m from sugar tax

Schools to share £415m from sugar tax image

Schools will be given £415m from the sugar tax to help pupils benefit from healthier lifestyles, education secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Primary, secondary and sixth-form colleges will be able to use funding from the Healthy Pupils Capital Programme to pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating.

They will also be able to use the money to improve facilities for pupils with physical conditions or to support young people dealing with mental health issues.

The funding will be raised by the industry levy on sugary drinks announced by the government in last year's budget.

Ms Greening said: 'Schools can really help our children get a healthy start in life from exercise and sport, and also from knowing what a healthy diet means.

'It’s not only good for them while they’re in education, but the health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime.'

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