The Youth Sport Trust (YST) has backed the government's efforts to get schoolchildren to take more physical education (PE) lessons with their primary and secondary teachers.
In its recently published new draft national curriculum, the government has stated that PE will be compulsory in schools from key stage one through to key stage four, alongside the core subjects of English, maths and science.
YST chair Baroness Sue Campbell has welcomed this decision, adding that the charity will participate in the consultation on the draft curriculum and work with its member schools to ensure they are fully engaged in the process.
She also expressed the YST's delight that the new PE programme of study supported its belief and work around ensuring all key stage one students develop the physical literacy required to help them make future progress in the subject.
Last year, a report by the Young Foundation highlighted a tendency for participation in physical activities to decline as young people progress through adolescence and called on the government to refocus its sports policy to concentrate on youth.
Posted by Tim Colman