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Schools: Sports

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what financial commitment to the School Games his Department has made after summer 2013;

(2) what support his Department is giving to promote the School Games.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The majority of the funding for the School Games comes from Sport England, the Department for Health, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who between them have committed over £74 million of funding up to 2015. In addition, the Department has supported competitive sport in schools through providing £65 million for a PE Teacher Release scheme. This funding pays for a day a week of a secondary PE teacher's time to be spent out of the classroom, encouraging take-up of competitive sport in primary schools, as well as their own school, including through participation in the School Games. We have not yet made any decisions about funding beyond the end of 2012-13 but will be making further announcements shortly.

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