Ofsted review recognises the importance of PE in schools and raises concerns schools aren’t spending activities grant money
Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:43
A recent Ofsted thematic review into childhood obesity in the UK has indicated that PE plays vital role in pupils' development and concluded it should make up a significant part of a broad and balanced curriculum. However the report also picked out that PE is often given insufficient focus by some schools, which prioritise more traditionally academic subjects.
The review was put together after experts from six key organisations, including Sport England and the Department from Education, were interviewed in combination with a full literature review, drawing on studies conducted in several counties across the UK.
The results of the study have shown that PE and sport in schools is crucial in combating childhood obesity and that parents want to see more PE in schools generally. The report also looked at the way the PE and Sports Premium, a public health grant offered to primary schools to increase pupil participation, is spent.
In response to the report, the Youth Sport Trust issued a comprehensive response which encourages schools to think more carefully about how to spend the money awarded to them. Read the full report here.
As part of the response, Youth Sport Trust CEO, Ali Oliver, said: "To truly transform PE and unlock its potential to nurture happier, healthier, more successful young people, the subject needs to be assessed against the life-enhancing outcomes we know that it can deliver. As this report makes clear, this is not always happening.
"Primary schools have the opportunity to transform provision through the primary PE and Sport Premium. But without thorough accountability measures, there is a risk that this investment will not fulfil its potential. We share Ofsted's concern that, in some cases, this funding is not being spent in an appropriate way, and we agree there is a need for a better formal assessment of PE which would help keep parents better informed of their children's physical development."
Active Norfolk, in partnership with Educator Solutions, offers school governor training to equip school governors with the knowledge to hold schools to account and ask the difficult questions about how the PE and Sport Premium is being spent. Last year the sessions were extremely popular and more sessions are set to be scheduled in the upcoming academic year.
Each year, Active Norfolk organises the Norfolk School Games, which encourages more than 18,000 pupils from across the county to get involved in a wide range of different sports, culminating in a week of sports at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich. The annual project is part of a wider national initiative which this year saw record numbers of children involved, helping more than 10 million pupils get moving.