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- 24 June 2014 00:00
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The Youth Sport Trust is set to launch a new survey to investigate the quality and provision of PE and school sport following concerns of a ‘postcode lottery’ of participation.
The survey, which has been developed with the support of headteachers, will aim to identify the varying levels of provision across the country and give schools the opportunity to assess their own performance against others locally and nationally.
Since 2010 there has been no national survey of this type which has meant that there is currently a lack of intelligence around provision, the activity levels of pupils, and emerging trends across physical education, physical activity and school sport.
The launch of the survey comes as thousands of schools and young people prepare to take part in National School Sport Week which runs from June 23-27 and sees celebration events take place across the country.
"National School Sport Week is the ideal time to shine a spotlight on the importance of PE and school sport,” said Youth Sport Trust CEO John Steele.
"We work with many schools that share our belief that a good PE and sport offer can raise the achievement and attainment of all young people.
"However, we do have significant concerns that the level of provision across the country is not consistent, which could be resulting in a postcode lottery of provision.
"Our survey will investigate this as it risks leaving some young people without the high-quality experience they deserve.
"It is crucial that we play a key role in improving physical activity rates amongst young people and there couldn’t be a more important time for us to investigate the current levels of PE and sport in schools.”
Alongside participation rates, schools will be asked to consider the value they place on PE and sport to improve the well-being, social skills and educational achievement of young people.
All schools will be sent a link to complete the survey from this week.