Schools: Sports

Education written question – answered at on 21 March 2013.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what research and data collection relating to (a) sport and (b) physical education his Department has (i) initiated, (ii) terminated and (iii) amended since May 2010;

(2) if he will place his Department's most recent evaluation of school sport partnerships in the Library;

(3) whether his Department has (a) carried out or (b) commissioned studies on any link between participation in sport and academic performance.

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

The Department's most recent evaluation of school sport was the annual PE and Sport Survey covering academic year 2009-10, which was published in September 2010. This included detailed tables of results for individual school sport partnerships. A copy of this survey has been placed in the House of Commons Library. In autumn 2010 the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, announced that he was removing from schools the burden of collecting information about every pupil for an annual PE and Sport Survey.

In February 2013 Ofsted published ‘Beyond 2012—outstanding physical education for all’, its report on evidence from inspections of physical education in schools between September 2008 and July 2012.

The Department has not commissioned or carried out any studies on the link between participation in sport and academic achievement.

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