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In February 2013, Ofsted published the report Beyond 2012 – Outstanding physical education for all, in which is detailed some of the common weaknesses in physical education in primary and secondary schools. This includes:

  • Low teacher expectations meant that more able pupils were not sufficiently challenged
  • Not enough vigorous exercise for sustained periods of time resulting in physical fitness not being developed
  • Limited quality of feedback leaving pupils unsure of what they need to do to improve
  • Insufficient time allocated to PE to enable all pupils to achieve well and meet all National Curriculum PE requirements
  • Specific activities not taught in sufficient depth to generate high standards of team and individual performance

The aims of the National Curriculum for PE are as follows:

Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

This competence is developed through continued practice and development of fundamental skills to accurately replicate movements and tackle different activities and competitive sport. Key areas for development include balance, co-ordination, agility, flexibility and strength.

The inclusion of summative and formative feedback with a clear action plan for progression is vital for pupils to excel in physical activities.

Are physically active for sustained periods of time

As the above report from Ofsted identifies, one common weakness is that not enough time is allocated for PE. This clearly needs to be addressed to ensure all your pupils are able to spend sustained periods of time engaged in physical activity.

Engage in competitive sports and activities

Opportunities for competition need to be offered regularly, this will enable your pupils to gain the confidence necessary to compete against others, both one and one and in teams, providing ample opportunity to develop individually.

Lead healthy, active lives

This development of physical literacy ensures pupils are aware of what they have to do to become physically fit and to maintain this throughout their lives. Encouraging involvement in extra-curricular clubs and links to outside sports clubs and community links.