Ofsted report "a wake-up call"
Importance of School Sport Competitions
A major Ofsted report on sport in schools has been described as a "wake-up call” for those that fail to take PE and competitive sport seriously.
Ofsted’s Going the extra mile report studied the levels of competitive sport offered in independent and state schools and considered why there is a disproportionately high number of elite senior athletes that began their careers from a private schooling background.
It also highlighted a varying level of competitive sport being offered in state schools, describing the findings as ‘mixed’.
The key recommendation in the report states that: "Maintained schools and academies should recognise the wider benefits that competitive sport can bring to their school and students. They should learn from the schools that teach PE and coach sport well and put in place the conditions to enable competitive school sport to thrive."
"Children enjoy competition," said Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted and the Chief Inspector of Schools in England.
"It pushes them to do better and try harder.
"Of course, it also carries with it the risk of defeat, but how better to prepare pupils for the setbacks that life will inevitably throw at them?
"Not every child can or will go on to become a world champion, but every child will experience victories and defeats.
"And every student, wherever they are educated, deserves the opportunity to have their sporting passion identified and nurtured."
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