Just under three years ago I attended the Wellington College Festival of Education and heard Sir Michael Wilshaw give a speech about reclaiming comprehensives. The speech was toto launch ‘Going the extra mile: excellence in competitive school sport‘, which was an OFSTED reportlooking into the educational background of those who participate in sports at the elitelevel. Although only 7% of children are educated at Independent Schools, 42% of the 2012 Olympic medals won by Team GB came from those of a private education background. It isn’t really that startling when you look at the comparison of sporting provision between the state and independent sector. It seems from Sir Michael’s perspective state schools had either forgotten the educational power of competitive sport or just weren’t interested in it. In his speech he stated that “the school that wins on the pitch wins in the exam hall” and…

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