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Schools: Sports

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what survey data his Department has collected on the average time (a) independent secondary and (b) maintained secondary school pupils spend participating in sport each week; and if he will make a statement. (188981)

The annual PE and School Sport Survey collects data relating to participation in PE and School Sport. The 2006/07 survey found that 80 per cent. of pupils at maintained secondary schools take part in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport each week. No comparable figure is available for independent secondary schools.

The Department supports the establishment of links between independent schools and School Sport Partnerships.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and which schools in (a) Southend and (b) Essex have established links with a (i) football, (ii) cricket, (iii) rugby union, (iv) rugby league and (v) tennis club in each of the last five years. (188996)

The annual PE and School Sport Survey was introduced in 2003/04 and collects data relating to participation in PE and School Sport. The number of schools linked to these clubs are as follows:

Level

2005/06

2006/07

Southend

Cricket

Primary

17

16

Secondary

4

8

Special

3

2

Football

Primary

35

36

Secondary

7

11

Special

5

5

Rugby league1

Primary

0

14

Secondary

0

4

Special

0

2

Rugby union1

Primary

31

25

Secondary

5

10

Special

2

3

Tennis

Primary

12

10

Secondary

4

6

Special

1

0

Essex

Cricket

Primary

137

261

Secondary

47

62

Special

2

5

Football

Primary

213

360

Secondary

48

68

Special

7

15

Rugby league1

Primary

4

56

Secondary

3

6

Special

0

0

Rugby union1

Primary

91

137

Secondary

47

65

Special

0

4

Tennis

Primary

109

166

Secondary

21

38

Special

1

5

1 The 2006/07 definition included ‘tag rugby’ for the first time.

Data prior to 2005/06 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.