Go for golden standards

5th April 2013 at 01:00

Baroness Sue Campbell ("Primaries debate how to make sport funding last", 22 March) is right to be concerned that the #163;300 million schools package does not go to waste. Schools need to develop a strategy to guarantee ongoing provision of sport to the highest standards of health, safety and expertise.

Tony Draper, headteacher of Water Hall Primary School in Milton Keynes, says: "It is critical that schools cluster together and bring in a primary PE specialist who can develop teachers ..."

He and Lady Campbell will be pleased to know, then, that The Compass Association is even now putting together its advisory programme. Whether schools opt to have their own staff trained or bring in professionals from the outside, it is vital that pupils are safeguarded and their needs met. That means using people who meet national standards for competency, training and health and safety. It also means championing recognised, accredited qualifications. Compass has drawn up a list of more than a dozen requirements to ensure those standards are met and sustained. Find out more at www.compassassociation.org.uk.

Martin Gallagher, Chief executive, The Compass Association.

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