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Martial Arts: Schools

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools offer (a) boxing, (b) kick boxing, (c) karate and (d) other forms of martial arts (i) within their sports programme and (ii) as part of extended school activities. (127417)

As part of the National School Sport Strategy, the annual school sport survey collects data on the provision and take up of PE and sport from schools in School Sport Partnerships. All maintained schools are now in such partnerships. Schools are asked which sports or activities they provided during the academic year, but not whether these were offered within or beyond the school day.

The 2005/06 survey (when 80 per cent. of schools were in such partnerships) found that:

1,579 schools (9 per cent. of those surveyed) offered martial arts, including kickboxing, but not judo and karate;

1,077 schools (6 per cent.) offered karate;

571 schools (3 per cent.) offered judo; and

431 schools (3 per cent.) offered boxing.