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Ofsted: Too many pupils 'denied competitive sport'

Ofsted has warned too many pupils are being denied the chance to take part in competitive sport by state schools who treat it as an "optional extra".

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Majority of Rugby Union players 'went to private school'

The majority of professional players in the English Rugby Union Premiership went to a fee paying school, according to an Ofsted report into sport in UK schools.

The watchdog also found:

  • More than a third of top cricket players were privately educated.
  • In many state schools, the quality of competitive sport was no better than average, while in a significant number it was weak, inspectors warned.
  • Half of the 1,000 students quizzed by Ofsted said they regularly played sport in school against their classmates or rival schools.
  • Another 40% said they regularly played sport outside of school.
  • The report found that the best schools' competitive sport was flourishing because it was valued and seen as a key part of the culture and ethos.
  • Coaches were hired to work alongside teachers and coach school teams, while teachers gave up their time to help organise activities and run teams.

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