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Schools: Sports

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he plans to publish the School Sport Survey for 2008-09; (293879)

(2) how many schoolchildren participated in (a) two, (b) four and (c) five or more hours of sport each week in the latest period for which figures are available.

The 2008/09 School Sport Survey was published on 14 October. It can be found at:

www.dcsf.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/DCSF-RR168.pdf

The 2008/09 survey is the sixth undertaken by the Department on PE and Sport, but for the first time we have moved away from measuring two hours of PE and sport each week, which 90 per cent. of pupils participated in last year. Instead, as part of the strategy’s overall move towards offering five hours of PE and sport for young people in schools and other settings, the survey measured participation in at least three hours of PE and out of hours sport each week in schools for the first time. The survey found that 50 per cent. of pupils in Years 1-13 (including 6th forms) participated in at least three hours of high quality PE and out of hours school sport.