Announcement on school sport
Education Secretary Michael Gove MP has today set out the direction of travel, and initial funding, for the Coalition Government’s new approach on school sports. This means schools will receive funding to allow PE teachers to further embed competitive sport in schools across the country and raise participation.
Every secondary school will receive funding up to the end of the academic year in 2013 to pay for one day a week of a PE teacher’s time to be spent out of the classroom, encouraging greater take-up of competitive sport in primary schools and securing a fixture network for schools to increase the amount of intra- and inter-school competition.
The Government wants to ensure that there is a smooth transition to this new system. The Department is therefore announcing time-limited funding to help schools embed this good practice:
- The Department will pay school sport partnerships for the full school year to the end of the summer term 2011 at a cost of £47 million. This will ensure the partnerships and their service can continue until the end of the academic year.
- A further £65 million from the Department’s spending review settlement will be paid to enable every secondary school to release one PE teacher for a day a week in the school year 2011/12 and in 2012/13. This will ensure all the benefits of the current system are fully embedded.
The Government will also:
- revise the PE curriculum in the curriculum review to place a new emphasis on competitive sports
- invite Dame Kelly Holmes to lead a network of sporting advocates to work with her in promoting school sport around the country and to encourage more young people to participate in sport
- work through Sport England with the national governing bodies of individual sports to get more volunteer sports leaders and coaches into our schools to encourage wider participation
- fund the Youth Sport Trust to expand the Young Ambassadors programme so that every secondary school, and some primary schools too, can appoint ambassadors in the run up to London 2012.