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Physical Education

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent advice his Department has issued to schools in the London Borough of Havering regarding the (a) number of hours of physical education that should be taught to GCSE pupils and (b) the setting of homework tasks for GCSE pupils. [113472]

The Department has issued no advice specifically to schools in the London Borough of Havering about the number of hours of physical education that should be taught to GCSE pupils or the setting of homework tasks for GCSE pupils. Both are determined at local school level.However, the Government believes that all pupils should receive two hours per week of high quality physical education and school sport within and beyond the curriculum. To this end, the DfES and DCMS are working with a range of partners to deliver an ambitious Public Service Agreement target to ensure that, by 2006, 75 per cent, of all pupils will receive two hours per week of high quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum. Delivery of this target is supported by Government investment of £459 million over the next three years.The Department last issued guidance to all schools on homework in November 1998 through the publication "Homework: Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools".