New analysis published by the Labour Party reveals how participation in extracurricular activities for primary-age school children is in freefall under the Tories.
Analysis of the Government’s Taking Part Survey data shows declining participation for primary age children over the last ten years across a whole range of extra-curricular activities from sports to music to the arts and culture.
Children from the poorest backgrounds are three times more likely not to take part in any extracurricular activities.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper sharply criticised the government, saying:
“The experiences we have at childhood set us up for life which is why it is so important to have a wide range as early as possible.
“Using a library is just one example close to my own heart, of opening up a world of opportunities through improving and increasing literacy and growing your creative influences.
“The government should be ashamed at such a pronounced decline in kids visiting libraries and museums, learning an instrument or playing a sport. Labour has an ambitious recovery plan to ensure those children who have missed out on so much, particularly over the past 18 months, are fully supported to learn beyond just the classroom.
Labour’s Shadow Child Poverty Secretary Wes Streeting MP said:
“Every child matters. Whatever their background – every child should have the chance to take part in activities that open their eyes to new opportunities. Whether that’s learning to swim, playing a musical instrument or visiting a gallery or museum to discover more about the culture and history of our great country. If the Conservative government won’t step up for the nation’s children, the next Labour government will.”