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All-Party Commission Calls for a National Plan of Action to get People Active

Posted: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:45

All-Party Commission Calls for a National Plan of Action to get People Active

Yesterday the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity presented to David Cameron its report on the state of physical education in schools. The report was led by parliamentarians Tanni Grey-Thompson, Barbara Keeley, Charlotte Leslie, Gerry Sutcliffe and Julian Huppert. Lord Coe warns that our children are the "least active generation in history" and could be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It is reported that inactivity leads to 37,000 premature deaths and costs the UK £20 billion per year. Read the report here.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, legacy, Physical Activity, PE, Health

No 10 Announce Tory Support for £150m Schools Funding to 2020

Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:39

David Cameron has pledged £150m a year in primary school sport funding guaranteed until 2020 if the Conservatives are re-elected, to secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

A two-year dedicated English primary school PE fund was announced in March and began in September 2013, but there has been uncertainty inschools over whether the funding will stop after the election, and some headteachers have been reluctant to take up the funding this year or undertake any capital investment.

Tags: school sport, No10, primary schools

School Sport £150m - Additonal Years Funding Announced

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:55

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement today that the government will continue its £150 million per year of funding for school sport into 2015-16.

The Government initially promised two years of school sport funding, and today's announcement means that it has been secured for another year.

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Westminster Hall Debate on School Sport

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:13

The Education Select Committee report on School Sport was debated in the House of Commons in Westminster Hall on Thursday 5th December.

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Smith Institute Launch School Sport Report

Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:10

Smith Institute Launch School Sport Report

The Smith Institute launched their Report "The Future of School Sport" at the Labour Party conference this week. The report - edited and forwarded by Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford MP is a collection of perspectives from leading experts in the school sport field.

Tags: Smith Institute, School Sport

Education Select Committee Report Launched

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:30

Education Select Committee Report Launched

The House of Commons Education Select Committee release their report into School Sport on Monday 22nd July. The report "School Sport after 2012 - no more political football" has largey been welcomed.

Tags: School Sport, Select Committee

Smith Institute Survey Reveals Drop in school PE

Posted: Sun, 19 May 2013 12:30

Dan Roan writing on the BBC website this week

Today's news that more than a third of school teachers surveyed reported a drop in the number of children exercising is another reminder that the Olympic legacy from London 2012 cannot be taken for granted.

The Smith Institute's research represents just the latest attack on Education Secretary Michael Gove's decision to axe £162m of ring-fenced funding for School Sport Partnerships (SSPs) in 2011.

Tags: School Sport, Smith Institute

Education Select Committee Hearing evidence

Posted: Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00

Education Select Committee Hearing evidence

This week saw the first evidence being given to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on school sport.

Evidence was heard this week from a wide variety of organisations including our own Andy Reed OBE representing the Sport & Recreation Alliance.

Tags: School Sport, Pe, Education, Select Committee

School Sport Announcemnt

Posted: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:44

From the BBC:

The government has announced new funding for school sport and PE worth £150m a year for the next two years.

As revealed by the BBC on Tuesday, ring-fenced money will be given directly to primary schools in England.

Schools will be able to pay for extra coaching sessions to improve the quality of sports and PE provision.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport."

Tags: School Sport, Pe, Gove, Efford

Chance to Grade the Governments PE Consultation

Posted: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 09:59

The Government has published the new draft curriculum for all subjects from Key Stages 1 to 4 including Physical Education.

The National Curriculum is compulsory for all maintained schools but only serves as guidance to Academies and Free Schools.

The slimmed-down document sets out what results are expected throughout primary and secondary school, and will allow for greater freedom in teaching.

The department is seeking views from all stakeholders in response to its draft programme of study, so whether you want to give the government an A* or D-, visit the Department for Education website.

Tags: Pe, School Sport, Curriculum