School Sport

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what target is set by his Department in relation to the weekly allocation of time for sport in schools in Northern Ireland; and what percentage of schools in each education and library board area currently meet that target.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Physical Education is, and will remain, part of the statutory curriculum for all pupils from age 4 to age 16. My Department does not however specify the amount of time schools should spend on any particular subject. Schools themselves determine how much time is devoted to Physical Education in the curriculum, but they are encouraged to offer pupils at least two hours a week of Physical Education, including sport. My Department does not keep records relating to how much time individual schools allocate to PE.

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