HC Deb 07 March 2000 vol 345 cc575-6W
Mr. Pendry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils at(a) primary and (b) secondary schools are currently meeting the Government's target that they participate in more than two hours a week of physical education. [112957]

Jacqui Smith

Ofsted collects information about the percentage of taught time for each subject when inspecting schools. The number of school hours spent on physical education varies from school to school. Evidence from Ofsted inspections during 1998 of the average number of hours per week primary and secondary schools currently spend teaching National Curriculum PE is as follows.

Average hours of PE per week (approx.)
Key Stage 1 (ages 5–7) 1 hour 20 minutes
Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11) 1 hour 35 minutes
Key Stage 3 (ages 11–14) 2 hours
Key Stage 4 (ages (14–16) 1 hour 15 minutes

Our aspiration is that pupils receive two hours of physical activity a week, including the National Curriculum and extra curricular activities.

My officials are meeting regularly with DCMS and representatives of PE and sports organisations to discuss ways of promoting this.