Minimum National Curriculum requirements
These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for physical education at key stages 1 to 4. They are issued by law; you must follow them unless there’s a good reason not to.
All local-authority-maintained schools should teach them.
Ofsted Physical Education Survey Visits
Inspectors regularly visit schools each year to inform Ofsted’s subject surveys in English, mathematics and science. Survey visits for other subjects are less frequent but continue to take place from time to time.
Where applicable, subject feedback letters, which are sent following survey visits, normally contain separate judgements on:
• The overall effectiveness of the subject
• The achievement of pupils in the subject
• The quality of teaching in the subject
• The quality of the subject curriculum
• The quality of leadership in, and management of, the subject
Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark
The YST Quality mark is an online self-review-tool which provides schools with a nationally recognised badge of excellence for PE and school sport. The tool supports schools to audit their PE provision and identifies priorities for their development plan.
The tool has been aligned to Ofsted guidance supporting PE and Sport Premium and comprises a series of straightforward benchmarking statements, where you can select your level of provision in these areas:
• Overall vision for PE, physical activity and school sport
• Quality of PE
• Quality of School Sport
• Quality of physical activity
• Use of PE, physical activity and sport as a catalyst for wider learning
Evidencing the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium
Template to support schools with the reporting of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding.
Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.
Following on from the refreshed Primary PE and Sport Premium guidance published by the Department for Education, one of the changes is to the date when schools must report on their spend by. The new reporting deadline is by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2019 at the latest.
Schools must publish the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE, physical activity and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools must also provide swimming data in relation to their year 6 cohort in 2018/19.
The Department for Education initially commissioned the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust to create a national template which has now been revised to include the recent changes. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are grant compliant in demonstrating effective use of the grant to achieve a sustainable impact.
Primary Physical Literacy Framework
This framework provides schools with simple, easy to understand guidance on how best to structure PE and sport provision to ensure every opportunity is provided to develop the physical literacy of their pupils.
Physical Literacy is the outcome of high quality PE and school sport, it helps primary school children’s development as competent, confident and healthy movers at an early stage. It builds their motivation, confidence, physical competence and understanding of movement, providing them with better grounds to sustain lifelong participation in physical activity.
Other useful tools and programmes can be found in the links below.
- Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit
- Effective professional learning
- Employment and deployment of coaches
- PE and School Sport Premium Self-review tool
- Primary PE and Sport Premium
- Sport England
- YST Early Years and Primary Solutions