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Competitive sport to become part of curriculum, says Cameron

13/08/2012 Joanna
The role of the primary school teacher is set to evolve in the autumn after the prime minister David Cameron announced that a requirement for competitive team sport is to be introduced into the curriculum.

There has been a fierce debate raging in recent weeks about the future of sports in schools; with much talk surrounding the "legacy" of the Olympic Games and the government's decision to scrap the two-hours-per-week target for exercise.

Those in education jobs were particularly riled by Mr Cameron's suggestion that "the problem has been … some teachers not wanting to join in and play their part."

However, speaking ahead of Olympic closing ceremony over the weekend, Mr Cameron was keen to focus on the future.

"We need to use the inspiration of the Games to get children playing sport more regularly," he said.

"I want to use the example of competitive sport at the Olympics to lead a revival of competitive sport in primary schools."

The kinds of team sports that schools will be expected to promote will include football, netball and hockey, as well as team-building outdoor and adventurous activity. Older children will focus on beating their 'personal bests'.

Mr Cameron also wants each school to be linked with a local sports club so that pupils "can pursue their dreams" outside school.

"We need to end the 'all must have prizes' culture and get children playing and enjoying competitive sports from a young age," he added.

However, Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary, said that there were several gaps in the new policy - including the role that the secondary school teacher will play in securing the legacy of London 2012.

"This announcement doesn't look like a thought through plan – there are no details of how this will be supported or funded and no plan for secondary schools," he said. 

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