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Physical Education

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on physical education what measures have been put in place to ensure the accuracy of the data provided by schools as part of the annual school sport surveys; (138836)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on physical education, how the validation exercise carried out by TNS is conducted; and what procedures are used;

(3) how many and what percentage of schools have been awarded the Sports Partnership Mark scheme by the Youth Sport Trust; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many and what percentage of schools have been awarded the Sportsmark scheme by the Youth Sport Trust; and if he will make a statement.

Activemark, Sportsmark and Sport Partnership Mark are awarded annually in recognition of outstanding delivery of the national PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy. The awards are open to schools and school sport partnerships, which are automatically assessed for them through the annual national school sport survey.

For the Sportsmark award, 16 per cent. (530) of the secondary schools taking part in the survey met the required standard and were given the award for 2006.

For the Sport Partnership Mark award, 10 partnerships (around 2.5 per cent.) met the required standard and were given the award for 2006.

A validation exercise is undertaken by a team of independent researchers to verify the accuracy of the survey returns. In 2005/06, the validation exercise involved visits to 10 per cent. of partnerships, selected at random. The independent researchers concluded that the majority of schools kept auditable records of the figures which they submitted, and did not uncover any systematic misreporting of data.

I have placed copies of the results of the 2005/06 School Sport Survey in the libraries of both Houses. Results from the 2006/07 School Sport Survey are expected in the autumn.