On 8th March the Government announced it’s commitment to setting out new standards for equal access to sports. The government made it clear that girls and boys should be offered the same sports during PE and extracurricular time in schools.
The package, outlined below, will help to boost equal opportunities in PE and school sport both inside and outside the classroom, delivering on promises made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to the Women’s Euro 22 winners the Lionesses.
The full package includes:-
- equal access to sports in school – setting out that offering girls and boys the same sports, where it is wanted is the new standard.
- a minimum of 2 hours of curriculum PE – with more support being offered through a refreshed School Sport Action Plan
- expansion of the School Games Mark – to reward parity of provision for girls. This kite mark recognises schools that create positive sporting experiences across all sports for young people, supporting them to be active for 60 minutes a day
- over £600 million across the next two years for the PE and Sport Premium – a funding commitment to improve the quality of PE and sports in primary schools and help children benefit from regular exercise
- a new digital tool for PE and Sport Premium – to support schools in usi
- ng the funding to the best advantage of their pupils
- £22 million for two years of further funding for the School Games Organiser network (SGO) – annually the 450 strong SGO workforce supports 2.2m participation opportunities for children including 28,000 competitive school sport events.
- up to £57 million funding for Opening School Facilities outside of school hours especially targeted at girls, disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs.
For a full report on the funding announcement go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/school-sports-given-huge-boost-to-level-the-playing-field-for-next-generation-of-lionesses