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School Sport

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools are in a school sport partnership; and how many schools responded to his Department's recent survey on school sport. (99867)

Since September 2006, all maintained schools in England have been within a school sport partnership. When data were collected for the 2005/06 school sport survey (in the summer term of 2006) 17,122 schools were within a partnership. By the survey deadline a total of 16,882 useable responses had been received. This represents a 99 per cent. response rate. The survey is the largest of its kind in Europe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of schoolchildren took part in inter-school sports competitions in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by local education authority area. (99917)

The 2005/06 school sport survey found that, overall, 37 per cent. of pupils in schools within a school sport partnership took part in inter-school sports competitions during the last academic year—a 6 per cent. rise on 2004/05. The following table sets out the percentage of pupils in each local authority area taking part in inter-school sports competitions during the academic year 2005/06. Direct comparisons between local authority areas are not appropriate as the number of schools in school sport partnerships, and the length of time they have been within partnerships, differs. The results only report on pupils who attend schools within school sport partnerships.

Percentage

Barking and Dagenham

30

Barnet

37

Barnsley

36

Bath and North East Somerset

40

Bedfordshire

38

Bexley

37

Birmingham

31

Blackburn with Darwen

33

Blackpool

41

Bolton

38

Bournemouth

32

Bracknell Forest

35

Bradford

32

Brent

31

Brighton and Hove

41

Bristol City of

33

Bromley

36

Buckinghamshire

43

Bury

44

Calderdale

42

Cambridgeshire

43

Camden

36

City of London

42

Cornwall

43

Coventry

35

Croydon

36

Cumbria

44

Darlington

32

Derby

34

Derbyshire

35

Devon

43

Doncaster

35

Dorset

43

Dudley

34

Durham

45

Ealing

40

East Riding of Yorkshire

38

East Sussex

42

Enfield

31

Essex

37

Gateshead

42

Gloucestershire

42

Greenwich

30

Hackney

33

Halton

44

Hammersmith and Fulham

31

Hampshire

36

Haringey

31

Harrow

35

Hartlepool

41

Havering

33

Herefordshire

47

Hertfordshire

45

Hillingdon

32

Hounslow

37

Isle of Wight

41

Isles of Scilly

25

Islington

33

Kensington and Chelsea

46

Kent

36

Kingston upon Hull, City of

34

Kingston upon Thames

34

Kirklees

37

Knowsley

40

Lambeth

39

Lancashire

39

Leeds

38

Leicester

25

Leicestershire

37

Lewisham

28

Lincolnshire

36

Liverpool

34

Luton

33

Manchester

33

Medway Towns

30

Merton

40

Middlesbrough

40

Milton Keynes

37

Newcastle upon Tyne

41

Newham

33

Norfolk

35

North East Lincolnshire

33

North Lincolnshire

50

North Somerset

39

North Tyneside

40

North Yorkshire

41

Northamptonshire

36

Northumberland

44

Nottingham

35

Nottinghamshire

36

Oldham

42

Oxfordshire

38

Peterborough

40

Cheshire

43

Plymouth

38

Poole

32

Portsmouth

30

Reading

31

Redbridge

36

Redcar and Cleveland

38

Richmond upon Thames

41

Rochdale

39

Rotherham

38

Rutland

49

Salford

33

Sandwell

34

Sefton

39

Sheffield

37

Shropshire

44

Slough

35

Solihull

47

Somerset

40

South Gloucestershire

33

South Tyneside

38

Southampton

23

Southend-on-Sea

44

Southwark

29

St. Helens

36

Staffordshire

41

Stockport

35

Stockton-on-Tees

45

Stoke-on-Trent

36

Suffolk

38

Sunderland

36

Surrey

35

Sutton

39

Tameside

38

Telford and Wrekin

38

Thurrock

30

Torbay

42

Tower Hamlets

38

Trafford

33

Wakefield

40

Walsall

32

Waltham Forest

36

Wandsworth

37

Warrington

36

Warwickshire

39

West Berkshire

39

West Sussex

34

Westminster

32

Wigan

44

Wiltshire

44

Windsor and Maidenhead

42

Wirral

35

Wokingham

32

Wolverhampton

37

Worcestershire

41

York

38

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor on his pledges (a) to have a sports day in every school, (b) to offer after-school sport and links with a range of local sports clubs in every school and (c) to ensure access to playing fields for every school; when he expects to implement these pledges; and what his estimate is of the financial resources required to do so; (98112)

(2) what representations his Department has received on the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 25 October 2004 that school sport holds the key to a fitter nation.

[holding answers 30 October 2006]: My officials and I have regular discussions with the Treasury to discuss PE and sport. Our overall aim, a joint DfES/DCMS public service agreement target, is to increase the percentage of five to16-year-olds who take part in at least two hours high quality PE and school sport each week to 75 per cent. by 2006 and 85 per cent. by 2008. By 2010, we want to offer all children four hours of sport a week. We are investing over £1.5 billion in the five years to 2008 to transform PE and school sport.

We have already exceeded the 2006 target. The 2005/06 school sport survey found that 80 per cent. of pupils in the 16,880 schools which took part in the survey were doing at least two hours. This is an increase of 29 per cent. on 2003/04. The survey found that almost all schools (97 per cent.) hold a competitive sports day and the percentage of years 2-11 pupils participating in sports clubs linked to their schools has increased from 22 per cent. in 2003/04 to 27 per cent. this year. Copies of the results of the survey have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

We currently have in place the strongest ever protection of school playing fields and, for the second year running, the number of new playing fields created has been greater than the number sold off.