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Schools: Sports

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on schools: sport, (1) what the duties of a sports co-ordinator for schools are; (189364)

(2) what the average annual salary of a sports co-ordinator is in the current financial year.

School sport co-ordinators (SSCos) are existing secondary school teachers released from teaching for two days per week. They are responsible for the co-ordination and development of after school activity, out of school hours learning, intra school competition and local community links in their own school and partner primary/special schools. Their specific duties will vary according to local circumstances.

As part of a School Sport Partnership's grant, £2,000 is allocated for each SSCo in the partnership. The grant also allocates £13,000 (£14,500 in London) for teacher cover to backfill the teacher release. 16 per cent. on costs are added to these amounts. How School Sport Partnerships deploy their funds is a local decision.