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Book editor joins debate over Olympians’ education August 8, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education.

As Great Britain’s athletes keep the medal count ticking over at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, much attention has focused on where our champions were educated.

Indeed, Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, said it was “one of the worst statistics in British sport” that half of our Olympic gold medallists were educated at independent schools.

This has put Malcolm Tozer, editor of our new book Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, at the centre of the debate. The book, featuring contributions from Olympic heroes Jonathan Edwards and Baroness Grey-Thompson and the British Olympic Association’s director of elite performance Sir Clive Woodward, examines the past, present and future of PE teaching and sports provision in independent schools.

If you were looking for answers about why so many independent school pupils elevated themselves on to the 2012 podium, this 300-page book is an ideal place to start.

Malcolm has been quoted in national newspapers examining this topic and penned a piece for the current Times Educational Supplement, which you can read by clicking here.

Other contributors to the book have also written excellent articles on the link between education and the Olympic and Paralympic games. In the same edition of the TES, Baroness Grey-Thompson wrote this piece.

Today, Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, writes in the Telegraph on how the Government needs to act to ensure that all youngsters have a shot at sporting glory. You can read his piece by clicking here. Anthony wrote a chapter in Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools with his director of sport, Steve Shortland, entitled Are PE and Sport Fit for Purpose?

The debate is set to rumble on. And while all appear to be in agreement that state schools need to up their game in terms of teaching and sporting provision, it’s evident that physical education and sport in independent schools is thriving.

For more information about Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, including a full chapter list, see this earlier post.

And for a Q&A with Malcolm about how the book came together, click here.



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