Schools: Boxing

Education written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advice his Department issues on the provision of boxing in schools.

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

Boxing is not compulsory in the national curriculum. It is for individual schools to decide what sports to offer, based on their assessment of the needs of their pupils.

If a school decides to offer boxing, it should do so in compliance with health and safety law, which would include conducting appropriate risk assessments, ensuring that proper protective equipment is used, and providing close supervision of all bouts.

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