This survey measured the proportion of children doing two hours of high quality PE and school sports at school. In addition, various related sports aspects such as the number of sports on offer in schools and the number of children taking part in competitive sports were measured.
Physical education (PE) and school sport play an important role in school life. They help to raise standards, improve behaviour and health, increase attendance and develop social skills.
Between the academic years 2003 to 2004 and 2007 to 2008, TNS, an independent research company, conducted 4 annual surveys among schools in the School Sport Partnership programme on behalf of the DCSF. The surveys collected information on the levels of participation in physical education and school sport in partnership schools and were used to measure progress towards a public service agreement (PSA) target.
The 2007 to 2008 survey comprised a census of all schools co-ordinated through the 450 School Sports Partnerships. Results from 360 randomly selected schools were verified independently to ensure no systematic misreporting.