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Schools: Sports

Education written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote the playing of traditional British sports in schools.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We published draft programmes of study for all National Curriculum subjects for consultation on 7 February. Our new National Curriculum sets high expectations, and in physical education it aims to ensure that all pupils play a range of competitive sports. Examples given in the draft programme of study of traditional sports that schools can teach include football, cricket, hockey, netball and rugby.

In addition, we are working with other Government Departments to explore a range of options to build on the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to help to create a sporting habit for life for young people. An announcement will be made shortly.

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