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School Sport Statistics

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2014

  • In an online survey which took place between March-April 2013 and covered over 1,000 respondents, over two thirds (68%) of School Games Organisers and School Sport Partnership staff surveyed reported a decrease in sports participation since ring-fenced funding for School Sport Partnerships ended in 2011.
  • In an online survey which took place between March-April 2013 and covered over 1,000 respondents, a third of primary and secondary school teachers (34% and 35% respectively) reported that there had been a decrease in participation in sport since ring-fenced funding for School Sport Partnerships ended in 2011.
  • In an online survey which took place between March-April 2013 and covered over 1,000 respondents, Sports Games Organisers and School Sport Partnership staff were asked whether they preferred the former system (ring-fenced funding of School Sport Partnerships) to the new one (PE Teacher Release, non-ring-fenced funding for School Sport...

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Tragedy on School Trek - a statement from World Challenge

Posted: Friday, 24 January 2014

In July 2012 a 17 year old died during a school trek in Morocco organised by World Challenge.  Following the recent inquest World Challenge have provided us with documents that schools will be interested to read.  The documents include a statement made before the inquest and a statement from the MD, Matt Eastlake, following the Coroner’s verdict.  There is a letter that has been put together for School Heads who have groups travelling with WCE in future and there are documents outlining work that has been done in the aftermath of the incident to improve various safety elements of the trip. Statement 7/1/2014 Everyone at World Challenge was deeply saddened by Samuel Boon's death and our sincere condolences are with his family. We are providing all possible support to the Coroner this week to help her determine the circumstances around Samuel's death. Rest assured that World Challenge's highest priority is the safety and security of its...

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Tragedy in France: Different Legal Systems Overseas

Posted: Monday, 13 January 2014

The tragic death of 12-year-old Italian prodigy Tito Traversa made headlines around the world. The cause of the accident was the failure of incorrectly assembled quickdraws during a climbing trip to Orpierre in France, prompting the Italian prosecutor to begin investigating five different suspects. As Tito’s family mourn their loss, the circumstances of his death have prompted a wider debate about where responsibility for risk lies, as Ed Douglas reports. Even in an era of incredible young talent, Tito Traversa was exceptional. He’d climbed 8a aged eight, his first 8b at nine, and the 8b+ Sarsifal in Tetto di Sarre at ten. His teachers at school in his hometown of Ivrea asked him to bring his competition trophies to show his classmates, and his achievements impressed the likes of Adam Ondra, no slouch himself as a youngster. So news of his death on 2 July was met understandably with stunned incomprehension. How could this happen? Very quickly it emerged that some of the quickdraws he’...

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The Expedition as a Rite of Passage

Posted: Friday, 06 December 2013

  Initiation in Aboriginal society was a process that took place in stages from puberty to young adulthood. Usually the focuses was on making boys into men, perhaps because girls naturally go through the physical and emotional transformations of menstruation and childbirth whereas boys have no similar experience. Other societies have similar initiations. The Masai . Read the first chapter of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Shaman”. I worked at Wakatipu High School in Queenstown New Zealand for two years. Each November the 100 Year 9 pupils go to spend 5 weeks in a wilderness camp accessible only by a three hour and 10 mile walk in with heavy packs. Teachers come and go (by helicopter), and food and supplies are dropped in. Timetabled lessons run, but there is a heavy emphasis on adventure activities. It is covered by local press and radio and is a huge event in the lives of the children involved. Similarities between the Aboriginal process and a modern outdoor expedition are also interesting...

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