Fizzikal

PE Sport and Physical Activity in Scotland and beyond

There are more questions than answers

Posted by drilly on November 7, 2007

This Johnny Nash song (see post title) kept popping into my head as I read the following Parliamentary questions about physical education.

Jim Tolson (Dunfermline West) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to increase the amount of physical education in schools.

Response from Maureen Watt: Schools are working towards achieving two hours PE. The Scottish Government is clear that learning through quality physical education and physical activity makes an important contribution to young people’s development, both in promoting their health and wellbeing and enabling sporting success. Physical education will be an important element of the outcomes for health and wellbeing which are being drafted as part of the work on Curriculum for Excellence. However, the curriculum is not based on statute and it will be up to local authorities and schools to decide how they take forward the outcomes.

Jim Tolson (Dunfermline West) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary schools provide the recommended two hours of physical education per week, broken down by local authority.

Jim Tolson (Dunfermline West) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive how many secondary schools provide the recommended two hours of physical education per week, broken down by local authority.

Response from Maureen Watt: A baseline study was undertaken in 2005 with results published in 2006 in a paper called Progress towards the recommendations of the Physical Education Review Group which can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/11/PEReport2005. The Scottish Government is clear that learning through quality physical education and physical activity makes an important contribution to young people’s development, both in promoting their health and wellbeing and enabling sporting success.

Unfortunately Johnny Nash’s even more famous song “I can see clearly now” was nowhere to be heard.

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