Reducing the burden on schools
· To review and reform the requirements on schools including the building/School Premises Regulations, design requirements and playing field regulations.
In other words, the coalition is considering removing the requirement introduced by Labour that playing fields can only be sold where they provide new sports facilities, like a new sports hall. Currently, a school wishing to dispose of a playing field is considered against three main criteria:
- that playing field provision and curriculum requirements at the school making the disposal, and at other local schools, are met
- that community use of a school's playing fields is taken into account
- that any sale proceeds are re-invested:
firstly, to provide new or improved outdoor sports facilities;
secondly, to provide new or improved indoor sports facilities; or
thirdly, to be used to help raise standards by providing educational facilities.
That ought to boost England's sporting chances in the future.
Hopi Sen, like my anonymous commentator below (please don't be so shy), has been reading too many conspiracy theories. Hasn't he?