Cameron talks nonsense about Primary Sport
History and Geography will soon follow. Art & Design and Technology have been reduced to a rump in most Primary Schools over the last two decades. With the emphasis on the notionally high value subjects English, Maths and Science (the notorious, three Rs of Primary Education). The teaching of Arts & Humanities have suffered an almost terminal decline.
But,with the realisation that the Sports Parnerships set up by the Labour Government and the 2hrs of PE per week in Primary Schools have made a huge impact on young children's appetite for sport a volte face was about due. The Conservative /Liberal partnership have decided to reinstate the Sports Partnerships in full to further the ambitions of Primary Children for sport. Even more, they will take full account of the annual questionnaires that school's completed concerning participation in sport particularly the children’s wishes for other sports to be available to Primary Children. The coalition have accepted that children's aspirations are not limited to those old chestnuts of football, hockey & cricket. The questionnaires showed that children wanted to expand their horizons to for example eg Tae Kwando, BMX, Mountain biking, Canoeing, Horse Riding, Yachting and many others. A further increase in funding has been earmarked to enable these aspirations.
These initiatives will have a huge impact on the aspirations and long term health of the children in this country.
It has become clear to the coalition that other subjects need to be encouraged in the same way for the long term creativity and entrepreneurial health of the country. Art, Design & Technology, Geography and History must be encouraged to the same level as PE. A creative ICT curriculum must also be encouraged with a focus on programming. A coalition spokeswoman confirmed the need to engender a creative and entrepreneurial spirit from a young age 'quality art and design education in Primary Schools was an absolute essential in enabling this aspiration.' She also commented on the creativity in the historical pageant in the opening Olympic Ceremony. 'This sense of history and accompanying creativity needs to be well and truly nurtured in our young children.'
It has become clear that a more rounded and joined up thinking is necessary to stimulate the health and wealth of the nation and it starts with listening to and then encouraging the aspirations of new generations of young people through a wide variety of sports and opportunities for creative learning.
We must encourage the sublime mixture of individual talent, pairs, and groups in schools to achieve a healthy, wealthy and creative nation and prove that we really are all in it together.
To show what utter nonsense is spoken by the Prime Minister about primary school sport then please read
TES Forum - Teachers not wanting to play their part in sport
The Ofsted Report on School Sports Partnerships
Mike Baker's piece on School Sports Partnerships
And if you watched CBBC's newsround on the 13th August, they made it very clear to children that this year's olympics success was all about the cash injected to provide the facilities, the sports scientists, the fitness experts etc, to leave the athletes free to train. A very definite targeting of some very able and talented individuals for the benefit of the country, all provided by National Lottery funding. Now if the Lottery was state run and all the profits went into sports facilities across the country the children's aspirations to take part in a much wider variety of sports could be nurtured. Basket ball courts at the end of every street, a bmx track in every town, upgrade school halls for dance and gymnastics and a host of other provisions.