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Olympic Games 2012: Schools

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether local schools have been consulted as part of the preparation of the Olympic Legacy Action Plan; and if she will make a statement. (202683)

The Government Olympic Executive (GOE) is developing the Olympic Legacy Action Plan (LAP) in consultation with stakeholders including the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the five host boroughs.

The DCSF is the Department leading on the education legacy of the games as part of the preparation of the Legacy Action Plan. Working closely with LOCOG who are leading on the development and delivery of the London 2012 Education Programme, the following organisations have been consulted between them on how best to use the 2012 games to drive change within schools, colleges and other education providers.

DCSF’s 2012 advisory group, (which includes organisations representing schools and head teachers);

the implementation review unit (IRU) (a group of school practitioners with a remit to challenge and support the DCSF);

Government regional offices;

national agencies such as the Independent Schools Association, the Girls School Association, etc.;

local authorities;

head teachers, teachers, other members of staff and young people from over 100 schools and colleges across the UK;

the Youth Sport Trust 2012 Headteacher Advisory Group;

the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Advisory Group; and

the Podium Opportunities groups for colleges and universities.

LOCOG also delivered a series of workshops across the UK to encourage schools and young people to explore the opportunities provided by the London 2012 Education Programme. Representatives from Waltham Forest attended a number of these meetings.

LOCOG also works closely with colleagues in each of the five host boroughs to develop their education offer. Young people from Waltham Forest (‘Waltham Forest Young Ambassadors’) have also attended a consultation workshop at LOCOG to discuss plans for the London 2012 Education Programme.