Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49
This joyous picture will be one of the enduring images of the 2014 Ryder Cup: the victorious team celebrating with their captain at the very moment that one of the analogies they had used, geese flying in formation, appeared overhead.
As Head of Sport for United Learning, a national group of independent schools and state academies, I am often asked what it is that I do. This image from the Ryder Cup is both a useful metaphor and a reminder of one of our greatest challenges.
In one sense, the schools and PE/sport.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:51
The debate around competition in junior sport and physical education rears its head every now and again, the most recent exchange having started some weeks ago when Surrey Rugby removed score-keeping from matches for 6-11 year-olds.
It's good that schools, clubs, their teachers and coaches are heeding the responses of children and curbing competition in order to get and keep children involved. As we know from the MCC/Chance to Shine report, 64% of 8-16 years-olds questioned said they would be 'relieved' or 'not.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:49
Counting the cost: This latest report summarizes the projected financial impact of inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, and the potential savings to be made by moving people into activity. This is not just about obesity, the research is there that points to benefits in academic attainment, social skills, mental health, employability and the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. As Dr. William Bird says in his foreword it's better to be overweight and active than a normal weight and inactive. This is.. Read More »
Posted: Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:24
The long-awaited OFSTED report into school sport and PE was finally released this week. Given the speculation and conspiracy theories surrounding its delay and timing you would have been led to believe this was a nightmare bad news story waiting to be buried.
The Full report can be found here and this is what OFSTED said themselves:
Ofsted is publishing its Beyond 2012 – outstanding physical education for all report today. It makes recommendations for schools and the Department for Education to secure the.. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:04
This week Gove and the Education team have at least been seen to be talking to the 'sector' about their lack of coherence for school sport. As the Think Tank has found at the Party conferences so far the black hole that is Government policy on school sport is becoming a toxic issue which needs to be addressed to save the claim to any legacy plans.
The lack of a coherent school sport strategy has been highlighted as the missing link in the Government's legacy plans, and the meeting at the Department of Education.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:12
Today on the day that Andy Murray didn't quite live up to the nation's expectations the Guardian used its Leader Column to ask a deeper question about school sport policy. It is an issue deep in the heart for those of us at the Think Tank. When I was working in DCMS in the late 90s I was acutely aware that the department could only have a marginal impact on sport and physical activity if we still had really poor provision of PE & Sport in our state schools. I was there when the SSPs were promoted and developed... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 19 May 2012 10:12
As we reflect on the first 'new' School Games and the continued loss and impact of School Sport Partnerships we hope to launch a major report here at the Sports Think Tank on schools Sport & PE. We want to investigate what was working and what wasn't in the previous system. Where are we now? What is it a school sport & PE system is trying to achieve and how would we produce a system to deliver that and how would we measure its success? Our major emphasis is trying to build a consensus so that in policy.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 09:49
Today the Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation launch their report from the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University. Of course it makes interesting reading and sadly reinforces a lot of what we already know about the drop off rates of girls in their school years. Depressingly it shows that just 12% - yes just 12% of 14 year old girls are reaching the recommended level of physical activity despite 74% of them saying they would like to do more.
Here at the Sports Think Tank we hope to support studies.. Read More »