asked Her Majesty's Government:
When their commitment for every school to have a sports day to celebrate sporting achievement will be in place; and in which sports competitive events on such sports days will be compulsory; and [HL48]
When their policy that all schools in the United Kingdom should have sports teams playing in local leagues will be in place; and which sports these teams will play; and [HL49]
Why independent schools were not invited to send teams to the United Kingdom school games in Glasgow in 2006; and [HL50]
How many children in the state sector receive at least two hours of competitive school sport per week; and [HL51]
How many state schools held a sports day, including competitive sports and a celebration of sporting achievement in 2006; and [HL52]
How many local educational authorities (LEAs) have competitive school teams playing in local leagues; and what would be the cost of ensuring that all LEAs have competitive school teams playing in local leagues; and [HL86]
When they will publish the curriculum which includes at least four hours sport for each child per week within the school curriculum; and whether this will include classes on lifestyle management. [HL89]
The Government are investing £1.5 billion over the five years to 2008 to deliver the first ever comprehensive strategy for physical education and school sport. The main aim—a public service agreement target shared by the Departments for Education and Skills and for Culture, Media and Sport—is to increase the percentage of five to 16 year-olds who take part in at least two hours of high-quality PE and sport each week, within and beyond the curriculum, to 75 per cent by 2006 and on to 85 per cent by 2008. With 80 per cent of pupils in partnership schools spending at least two hours in a typical week on high-quality PE and school sport the 2006 target has been exceeded.
The long-term ambition is that, by 2010, all children will be offered at least four hours of sport a week. This will comprise two hours of high-quality PE, and in addition the opportunity to do at least two to three hours beyond the school day, delivered by a range of school, community and club providers.
The primary tool for measuring progress towards the target is the annual school sport survey. Copies of the results of the survey in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
We are fully committed to competitive sport in schools. Information on how many local authorities have competitive teams and leagues and the cost of ensuring all do is not held centrally. However, the annual school sport survey shows a year-on-year increase in the percentage of pupils taking part in intra and inter school sport to 71 and 37 per cent respectively. Competitive sports days also remain very popular, with the 2005-06 survey showing that 97 per cent of schools taking part had held a sports day. It is for schools to decide which sports and activities they offer at these events.
The Departments for Education and Skills and for Culture, Media and Sport are working with the national governing bodies of sport to develop a new framework for competitive school sport. This includes the appointment of teams of competition managers who will increase opportunities for competitive sport through the establishment of new leagues, cups and other competitions.
The UK school games is a competition for school-aged children, rather than being an inter-school competition. In 2006, competitors were selected on the basis of their sporting ability by the national governing bodies of the five sports represented at the games, in partnership with their school associations. Children from both maintained and independent schools took part in the games.
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps they intend to take to implement the Chancellor of the Exchequer's pledge on 25 October that every child will have at least four hours of sport within the school curriculum by 2010; and [HL88]
What is meant by the term “sport” in the context of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's commitment on 25 October to ensure that every child will have at least four hours of sport within the school curriculum by 2012. [HL91]
The Government are committed to increasing both the quality and quantity of PE and school sport for all pupils. Our main aim—a public service agreement target shared by DfES and DCMS—is to increase the percentage of five to 16 year-olds who take part in at least two hours of high-quality PE and sport each week, within and beyond the curriculum, to 75 per cent by 2006 and on to 85 per cent by 2008. With 80 per cent of pupils in partnership schools spending at least two hours in a typical week on high-quality PE and school sport, the 2006 target has been exceeded.
The Government are delivering on this commitment through the national school sport strategy. The strategy—being implemented jointly by DfES and DCMS—went live on 1 April 2003 and is being delivered through 11 interlinked work programmes:
The first two have created a national PE and school sport infrastructure by establishing a network of sports colleges and school sport partnerships. There are now 402 designated sports colleges (including 14 academies with a sports focus) and 450 live school sport partnerships encompassing all maintained schools in England. The remaining work strands are the tools that the schools and partnerships use to deliver the PSA target:
Step Into Sport
QCA's PE and School Sport Investigation
Our long-term ambition is that, by 2010, all children will be offered at least four hours of sport a week. This will comprise two hours of high quality PE, and in addition the opportunity to do at least two to three hours beyond the school day, delivered by a range of school, community and club providers. Action within the national strategy beyond 2008 will be reviewed following the outcome of the next Comprehensive Spending Review.
For the purposes of the national strategy, the term “sport” means all forms of physical activity that, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels (Council of Europe's European Sports Charter 1993).
“School sport” is sport which takes place in school or is organised by a school as part of its extra-curricular or out of hours learning.