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Olympic Games: Education

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she plans to take steps to provide educational materials to schools on the history of the Olympic Games. (308476)

“Get Set” is the official London 2012 education programme for schools, colleges and local authority education providers across the UK. It is managed by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The “Get Set” programme offers a wide range of opportunities for young people between 3 and 19 to connect with London 2012 and also for education providers across the UK to use “Get Set” materials. There are over 9,000 schools, colleges and other learning institutions registered.

The “Get Set” website:

www.london2012.com/getset

offers learning providers a range of resources such as films, activity ideas and games based around the Paralympic and Olympic values.

It is updated on a regular basis to provide fresh ideas and additional support materials. For example, teachers were provided with material to mark 1,000 days to go to London 2012 and resources will also be released to tie in with the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games beginning in February.

The resources available include information on the history of the Olympic/Paralympic movements which can be used on the web or downloaded as factsheets.