Ministers have confirmed that funding from a tax on sugary soft drinks will continue to be ring-fenced for school sports until 2020.

The government has plans to double the value of the primary PE and sports premium to £320 million from September by using some of the funds from the new tax.

The levy, which the government has said will raise £520 million, will also pay for an extended school day at 25 per cent of secondary schools in the most disadvantaged areas of England, and fund the expansion of healthy breakfast clubs.

The move, announced in last year’s budget, was welcomed by many in the schools community, but there is disquiet among some government MPs on whether it will raise the amount ministers have promised.

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