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Willie Coffey (Scottish National Party) | Question S3W-37841

To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in providing pupils with access to two hours of physical education per week.

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Michael Russell (Scottish National Party)

Local authorities report that 1,167 primary schools throughout Scotland (55%) are delivering at least two hours physical education. This is supported by HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) who found year on year improvement in delivery of two hours physical education in primary schools - 32% of 237 schools inspected in 2007-08, 42% of 231 schools inspected in 2008-09 and 59% of 264 primary schools inspected in 2009-10.

85 schools throughout Scotland (23%) are delivering at least two hours physical education across S1 to S4. 17 authorities reported that they are either delivering or plan to deliver at least 2x50 or 55 minute periods of core physical education across S1 to S4. This is supported by HMIE who found that 60% of 60 schools inspected in 2009/10 are delivering at least 2x50 or 55 minute periods of physical education across S1 to S4. Further information can be found at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Education/Schools/HLivi/PE.

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