Ofsted’s obesity reviews recognises the key role of PE – YST response

YST responds to Ofsted review of obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools
Primary school children doing PE

Responding to Ofsted’s thematic review of obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“Ofsted has recognised the vital role that PE should play in broad and balanced curriculum, enhancing children’s health, wellbeing and even their academic potential. But as this report states, this is too often given insufficient focus, despite demand from parents for more PE time in the curriculum.

“This report sends an important message about the opportunities schools must embrace, from introducing more physical activity in the school day to working more closely with parents.

“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.

“This review sets out a useful framework for considering the value and place of PE in a broad and balanced curriculum. We hope it will help to form the basis of a more robust assessment of how schools are harnessing the power of physical activity to improve young people’s health, wellbeing and readiness to learn.”

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