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Inclusion 2024

Inclusion 2024 aims to increase and improve opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to engage and participate in physical education and school sport.


The project is funded by the Department of Education and led by the Youth Sport Trust on behalf of a consortium of organisations including Activity Alliance, the British Paralympic Association, nasen and Swim England.

Inclusion 2024 will work collaboratively with pupils, schools, expert practitioners and local/national partners to drive quality and accessibility of opportunities for SEND pupils to participate, engage and learn through PE and School Sport (PESS). This programme will work to reimagine the role PESS can play for pupils with SEND, reconnect pupils following the negative impact of COVID, and support active recovery of pupils increasing physical health and social wellbeing.

The programme will:
  • Improve the quality of schools’ PE and sports teaching and provision for pupils with SEND
  • Increase opportunities for pupils with SEND to achieve 30 active minutes within the school day
  • Increase the engagement and participation of pupils with SEND with PE and school sport
  • Improve the quality of swimming and water safety lessons for pupils with SEND
  • Facilitate integration of PE and school sport provision for pupils with SEND.
Inclusion 2024 will be delivered through a nationally recognised network of Lead Inclusion Schools, each recognised for their expertise in engaging young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to participate, compete and lead through PE, physical activity and school sport.

To find out the nearest Lead Inclusion School for your area please click here.

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Alongside providing advice, training and guidance around engaging young people with SEND in PE and school sport, inclusion 2024 will also focus on:
  • Co-designing and creating resources with young people on Inclusive Programmes and festivals of Sport that will build upon the magic of the Winter Paralympics and Commonwealth Games in 2022
  • Pioneering school led innovation in School Swimming and Water Safety- working with schools and pools to review and directly enhance swimming provision for pupils with SEND
  • Expansion of the successful YST programme ‘My PB’ which will see young people with SEND attending Alternative Provision settings, accessing high quality curriculum PE approached in a way that clearly communicates life skills, with each young person thriving and achieving their personal best in physical education, in school, in work, as a citizen and in their personal life
  • Sharing practice around Engagement in PE- With the Engagement Profile now statutory for schools in England, this strand will explore with schools what this profile looks like in the context of PE, and support others with this assessment tool that helps schools meet their duties in supporting pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study.
For further information please contact:
Rebecca Tyers
Project Officer - Inclusion
[email protected]
01509 226643