Schools: Sports

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th May 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 3 February 2022 to Question 113149, what the timetable is for publishing the update to the School Sport and Activity Action Plan.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department will publish the update to the School Sport and Activity Action Plan later this year to align with timing of the government’s new sport strategy. The plan will set out the actions that the government is taking to support schools to provide more opportunities for children and young people to take part in physical education (PE), sport and physical activity, in the context of the wider strategy.

The department is continuing to take action ahead of publishing the updated plan. The Girls Competitive Sport Your Time programme is for girls aged 8 to 16. It will give girls access to competitive sport opportunities, whilst also establishing new sports leadership roles. The Inclusion 2024 programme aims to increase and improve opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities to engage and participate in PE and school sport.

The department is also taking forward delivery of its programmes to provide £30 million a year to improve the teaching of PE at primary school and open school facilities outside of the school day. On 11 May, the department published an invitation to tender to procure the services of a national delivery partner to support schools to open their facilities and provide greater access and opportunities for pupils to access extra-curricular sport and physical activity.

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