Active Children do better in every possible way - they perform better in school and are better behaved. Regular physical activity can increase both attendance rates and the levels of concentration in learners.

Today’s generation of children is the least active in history. With each passing year, our young people engage less in active play and sport and have fewer opportunities for high quality physical education. The cost of this inactivity is high and our children are paying the price.

Creating an Active School is an investment in our children. By providing our children with fun options for daily physical activity both before, during and after school we can ensure that they are set up for success, both now and in the future.

Schools can help ensure that pupils are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active, that they understand how physical activity can help them to be healthier, and how physical activity can improve and be part of their everyday lives.

The Healthy Learning programme will help child-focused settings to promote a range of opportunities to be physically active and highlight how physical activity can improve and be part of their learners’ everyday lives.

The potential benefits of regular participation in moderate intensity activity include:

  • Improved overall health
  • Healthy growth and development
  • Improved muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
  • Maintenance of energy balance (in order to encourage a healthy weight)
  • Reduced risk of developing adult diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • A sense of wellbeing
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Reduction in anxiety and stress
  • Opportunities for social interaction
  • Improved social and moral development
  • Improved cognitive functioning and academic achievement in school

Impact of the changes to Ofsted on PE

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Under the new CIF, inspectors will make graded judgements on the same areas across all providers, from early years to schools and further education providers. This should give greater coherence and comparability between different providers who cater for similar ages, and when learners move between institutions.

Inspectors will assess overall effectiveness based on graded judgements in four key areas:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for children and learners

How can PE play a key role in supporting the whole school inspection?

Inspectors will have access to the school website before they visit so this is a vital tool in setting a great first impression. Your website should include a statement on the use of pupil premium and for primary schools unpick the impact of PE and sport premium. High quality provision should still be embedded in the day-to-day practice of every teacher in a successful PE department for the benefit of all learners.

What contributions can PE make to the effectiveness of a school as a whole?

The visible and collaborative nature of PE means that the subject has a strong role to play in helping schools demonstrate their work on the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty as well as mutual respect and tolerance for people of different faiths and beliefs.