Olympic success prompts curriculum re-think

By Beth Allcock on August 15, 2012 9:34 AM |


SCHOOL curriculums have been put under the spotlight following the Olympic success of Team GB.

The huge medal haul and record-breaking performances during the past two weeks should prompt a 'wake up call' as to the value of sport in schools, said Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT).

The organisation is now calling on the Government to create a lasting legacy by revamping the curriculum and boxing-off space to ensure sufficient time for PE, investing in community-wide facilities and encouraging pupils to experience a variety of sport.

It also celebrated the dedication of teachers who work extra hours to coach the next generation of sporting stars.

"London 2012 has drawn the nation's attention to the sheer breadth of sports on offer and an enduring legacy would be to see the Government promote these, thereby ensuring children enjoy participating at every level," said Mr Hobby.

"The message is diversity."

He added: "As children will be inspired to imitate the feats of Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis, we hope the Government will be inspired by London 2012 to leave a legacy which will ensure future generations can also go for gold."