Sport England and Youth Sport Trust have both recommended an addition to government plans that could place further emphasis on sport in school. Formally backed by Ofsted, the new recommendations could see schools measured on their prioritisation of physical education and sport.
When questioned by the all-parliamentary group on sport, both Sport England and Youth Sport Trust have stressed the importance of physical activity for wellbeing and mental health.
Reducing the impact of inactivity amongst school children has been at the forefront of new plans as a result of restrictions. The majority of children across the UK have had fewer than 4 months of formal schooling since last March, and the effect on already impoverished children has increased.
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Sport England, told the all-parliamentary group that there had been “inevitable” inequalities that had only been worsened by inconsistent access to physical activity.
According to Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, conversations with Ofsted and The Department of Education to produce parameters for measuring sports have been “positive”.
For the activities industry, this is a clear step in the right direction in providing formal recognition for the impact of sessions in partnership with schools.
Nigel Huddleston stressed the following commitments:
- Planning a fluid return to physical activity during and outside of restrictions
- Highlighting best practice methods for school sports and physical activity
- Proactive use of school facilities outside of teaching hours
- Safety as the highest priority to reducing the contraction of Covid-19
From The Telegraph article, originally posted here