PE curriculum made virtual for the first time

Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) has welcomed the decision to establish a virtual national curriculum for Physical Education (PE) in light of the decline in children’s activity levels and associated physical and mental wellbeing.

The YST is delighted to have worked with the Oak National Academy to deliver Key Stage 3 resources and online lesson plans for PE.

It comes as part of Oak National Academy’s expansion of its subject offering today for primary and secondary teachers across the country so they can access support on planning and delivering a further range of subjects.

Through its national network of schools and lead teachers, the Youth Sport Trust has created helpful guidance for PE lessons to cover units across games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activity and health and fitness.

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of Youth Sport Trust, said:

Now is a crucial time for Physical Education in schools given its potential to improve young people’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing in light of the pandemic.

Today marks the first time that a national curriculum for PE has been made available virtually. Schools are having to work harder than ever to meet the needs of both home, and in school learning as a result of Covid-19. The Youth Sport Trust is therefore very proud to have supported the Oak National Academy to develop and launch online Physical Education curriculum lessons and resources for secondary age pupils.

It is vital there is access to high quality lessons which can be delivered within the current government guidance, as well as supporting online materials designed to ensure young people don’t miss out on crucial physical development and fitness at this time.

The lessons which are part of one of the biggest online learning hubs and classrooms for schools, are fun, relevant and engaging, and ready for teachers to use from the moment they click onto them. The resources can be accessed via

Published on 25 January 2021