Lesson plan: School sport and 2012 legacy

School sport inquiry listens to young people

Even before the Olympics and the Paralympics had taken place, the stated aim of London 2012 organisers was to "inspire a generation".

The exploits of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, David Weir and the other stars of an amazing summer of sport may have thrilled fans, but has the excitement translated into young people actually doing more sport?

This lesson plan aims to get pupils thinking about the importance of school sport and the effect the Olympic and Paralympic Games have had on young people, and to give them the opportunity to have an input into a key parliamentary report on the issue.

School Report is working with the Education Select Committee to give pupils an insight into its work and give young people the chance to get their voices heard at the heart of government.


  • The deadline for evidence to be submitted to the Education Select Committee is 24 May 2013
  • The inquiry covers English schools only
  • Find out more about the inquiry at the Education Select Committee's website

The committee's next major inquiry is into school sport and 2012 legacy and this lesson plan will give pupils the chance to feed into the inquiry process.

Please note that, because of the devolved education systems, the inquiry only covers English schools, so schools from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales should not contribute to the process. Obviously schools outside of England are more than welcome to use the rest of the lesson plan though.

The deadline for the inquiry to take evidence is 24 May 2013. Let the School Report team know when you have completed the lesson plan and sent in your evidence as we would like to follow this story closely.


1. Video - Olympic highlights

4 mins

Internet access

2. Discussion - London 2012 memories and legacy

10-15 mins

Pen and paper/whiteboard for note-taking

3. Activity - Recording vox pops

15 mins

Audio recording device or a note-taker

4. Video - What does the Education Select Committee do?

3 mins (plus 2-3 mins to recap/discuss if necessary)

Internet access

5. Activity - Fill out the Education Select Committee's online survey

5 mins (will depend on number of pupils/computers)

Internet access

6. Activity - Collect your other written evidence for the committee

15-20 mins

Computer access


Video: 20 memories of London 2012

Watch this video from BBC Sport, rounding up some of the highlights from the 2012 Olympic Games (please note that these videos will only work within the UK).

This should help remind pupils about some of the highlights of the Games and its inspirational effect.

Discussion: 2012 legacy (10-15 mins)
Ellie Simmonds Ellie Simmonds was one of the stars of the 2012 Paralympic Games

Having watched the video, lead the pupils in a discussion about their favourite memories of London 2012 and their experience of and attitudes towards school sport. This can be done as a whole class or in smaller groups.

  • What were their favourite memories of London 2012? (NB Don't forget the achievements of David Weir, Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and other Paralympic athletes which aren't in the video as Channel 4 had the television rights)
  • How inspirational did they find the big moments at the Olympic and Paralympic Games? Did pupils start to go running/swimming etc? Join a local sports club/school sports team? Generally become more active? Or did the effect quickly fade once the Games were over?
  • How important is school sport to them? Why or why not?
  • What do they think of the provision of school sport? This could include the number of hours, facilities, range of sports offered, quality of coaching etc
  • Has anything changed in their experience of school sport since London 2012? More hours? Better coaching etc?
  • What does the phrase '2012 legacy' mean to them? Have they seen any evidence of it at school?
  • What do they think the government should do to make sure there is a proper school sport legacy from 2012?

It would be helpful if someone - either the teacher or a dedicated pupil - kept some written notes during the discussion.

Activity: Recording vox pops (15 mins)


If you are pushed for time, here are some suggested questions to use for your vox pops:

  • What do you think the government should do to make sure there is a proper school sport legacy from 2012?
  • How much has school sport changed since London 2012?

Students can always follow up by asking 'why?' or 'can you explain a bit more about that?' if they get shorter answers than they want

Vox pops are a way of finding out what people think about a particular subject, and are commonly used in news reports to reflect the range of opinions about controversial issues.

Now write down one or two open questions to do with school sport and 2012 legacy (one beginning with one of the five W's or How). Make it count - you want a question that will really bring out the most interesting views. Don't ask a question that could be answered yes or no!

Ask a range of people in the class the question (at least five people) and record their answers - this is known as "vox popping".

Try to get a balance of opinions as this will give a more realistic assessment of the issue.

Video: What does the Education Select Committee do? (3 mins)

What does the Education Select Committee do?

The Education Select Committee is part of Parliament at Westminster, which investigates some of the most important issues to do with education in England.

It's made up of MPs but is separate from the Government. The Government decides what happens in education, while the Select Committee asks difficult questions to try to make things work well. They can ask any questions they want and can make anyone come and talk to them.

When people talk to them or write to them it is called evidence. When they investigate a topic it is called an Inquiry. Based on the evidence it hears - the Committee writes a report which the Government has to answer and take very seriously.

The Education Select Committee wants to hear from young people, and School Report is working with them to make sure young people's voices get heard about important issues like school sport.

In this video Graham Stuart MP, the Chairman of the Education Select Committee, explains what the committee is for and how it goes about its work.

Activity: Fill out the Education Select Committee's online survey (5 mins)

The Education Select Committee has created a short online survey to gather views from young people about their experience of and attitudes towards school sport.

Pupils can fill out this survey - which consists of three multiple-choice questions - with the results helping to influence the report which the Education Select Committee will write about school sport and 2012 legacy.

Activity: Collect your other written evidence for the committee (15-20 mins)

Divide the students into groups, depending on the size of the class.

Mo Farah Mo Farah can hardly believe it as he wins Olympic gold in the 5,000m

One or two groups can be tasked with typing up the notes from the discussion at the start of the lesson. They don't need to include everything - just focus on the most interesting parts of the debate. It could take the form of bullet points which focus on the opinions of the pupils, together with some key quotes if appropriate.

Other groups can focus on transcribing the answers from their vox pops. This should be an accurate reflection of what people said, although it's fine to tidy up their grammar etc.

You should end up with lots of written evidence which should all be gathered together by the teacher.

This can then be submitted to the Education Select Committee, so your students will be able to have an input into the report which will be written. This can either be submitted via their website or by email to educom@parliament.uk. Make sure you include the name of your school

Please make sure you are happy with the terms and conditions of the Committee's evidence-gathering process, by reading the relevant section on their website. This covers things like data protection, the publication of any written evidence and so on.

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