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School Sport Action Plan Released

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:51

School Sport Action Plan Released

The Department for Education, Department for Culture Media and Sport and Department for Health and Social Care yesterday launched the new school sport action plan.

The plan outlines the government vision for Physical education, physical activity and school sport.

Children will have a greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, whether that be in school, after school or during weekends and holidays, under new Government plans revealed today.

The School Sport and Activity Action Plan, outlined by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Sport Minister Mims Davies and Minister for Public Health, Seema Kennedy, will set out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person's daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental well-being.

It comes after the latest data from Sport England's Active Lives Children and Young People's survey showed that a third of children are currently doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

The Department for Education has worked with Ofsted on its new Inspection Framework, to come into effect from September 2019. Under the framework inspectors will expect to see schools offering children a broad, balanced education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extracurricular activities.

Schools and sports clubs will also work together to share their facilities and expertise, giving more pupils access to character-building competitive sport and volunteering opportunities. They will focus on ensuring boys and girls have an equal and coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays

Key points from the plan are:

  • All children and young people take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Children and young people have the opportunity to realise developmental, character-building experiences through sport, competition and active pursuits.
  • All sport and physical activity provision for children and young people is designed around the principles of physical literacy, focuses on fun and enjoyment and aims to reach the least active.

School Sport & Activity Action Plan

At a time of declining levels of well-being and when one third of children are inactive, young people are in dire need of a long-term, joined-up approach to youth sport. As a unified community of organisations passionate about physical education and school sport and dedicated to supporting its delivery, we recognise that ministers have worked over the last few months to deliver on the commitment made last year to develop a cross government School Sport Action Plan.

Today's announcement sets out some encouraging intentions and acknowledges the absolute priority of getting every young person enjoying 60 active minutes every day. It is positive that some of our asks of the action plan are reflected in this announcement, however, it is also important that further policy change is brought forward. To that end, the sector will convene in the early autumn to explore how we can best engage with and support the plan's implementation.

Lee Mason, CEO, Active Partnerships

North Yorkshire Sport (Active Partnerships) will play a crucial role in supporting school to implement the vision in schools locally providing an impartial overview of the offer available to schools.

David Watson Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Sport said 'We and I am sure all partners in North Yorkshire, welcome the Government's School Sport Action Plan as a positive continuation of efforts to support young people to be physically active. The plan links with our priority areas of Children and Young People, Families and, with the reference to the Government's 25 year environment Plan, the Great Outdoors. Significant steps have been taken in North Yorkshire to help our young people get and stay active, be healthy, happy and achieve and we look forward to working with key partners to integrate this and our own plans in to local work and priorities."

To see the School Sport Action Plan in full please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-sport-and-activity-action-plan

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