Labour is calling for a vote in parliament demanding that the government restore regulations on the minimum outdoor space schools must offer pupils for team games. This is from the Guardian….
The education secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed the rules that set out the space each school had to provide. The new regulations state simply that “suitable” space must be provided to teach PE and let pupils play outside.
Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, said Labour would table a motion on the regulations when parliament returns in September.
Twigg has renewed his attack on the Conservative education secretary on Wednesday. He said: “How can [Gove] think that the priority should be to weaken the standards on playing fields and outdoor space just a few days before the Olympics?
“We have already had the scrapping of the target of pupils doing a minimum two hours of PE per week, the decision to cut the school sport budget by 69% and the abolishing of school sports partnerships. Many parents will be wondering how seriously the government are taking the legacy of inspiring the next generation.”
The new outdoor space regulations were approved by schools minister Lord Hill on 19 July, a week before the Olympics’ opening ceremony. The guidelines are intended to come into force at the end of October.