Debates between Baroness Sater and Baroness Berridge during the 2019 Parliament

Sports Participation in Schools

Debate between Baroness Sater and Baroness Berridge
Thursday 9th September 2021

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Berridge Portrait Baroness Berridge (Con)
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I have outlined to noble Lords the increase in the extra-curricular participation that we have funded, by way of premises being open. On 16-plus, as part of Ofsted’s inspection of FE it considers personal development. The matters that the noble Lord refers to are of course part of our overall emphasis, through health and well-being, on active participation for adults.

Baroness Sater Portrait Baroness Sater (Con)
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I, too, add my congratulations to Team GB and their great achievements at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Given our shared ambition to leave a legacy post Games, does my noble friend the Minister agree that it is now time to make sports, and physical activity, a higher priority in schools, given that it fosters long-term physical, emotional, social and positive well-being, and to consider making PE a core subject?

Baroness Berridge Portrait Baroness Berridge (Con)
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I agree with my noble friend, and that is why, back in 2017, as a result of the sugar tax, we doubled the PE and sport premium for primary schools to enable them to do just that. In fact, when looking at the number of hours per week on average in our schools, PE has the third highest number of hours after English and maths and it is the only foundation subject in the national curriculum that is mandatory at key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.