Return to School Support

YST Return to School Support
In this section you will find guidance documents for the return to school and sport, as well as resources to support the mental and physical wellbeing of your young people.

It is clear from the evidence that many children’s daily physical activity levels dropped significantly while schools were closed due to COVID-19, resulting in a decline in both physical development and fitness. Young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health has also suffered, with many yearning for time with their friends and to have structure and routine again in their day.

It is more important than ever for schools to harness the power of play, sport, physical activity and physical education to help students rebuild their functional capacity, belonging and happiness. However, social distancing, sharing of equipment and managing changing areas present challenges. Early insight suggests that schools are prioritising other areas of the curriculum to ‘catch up’ on lost school time, and very few have found practical ways to resume after-school clubs.

With all students now returning to school for the 2020/21 academic year, this page and those it links to provide guidance, resources and ideas to support the return to Physical Education and school sport. We hope this helps you find ways to enable every child to be active for at least 30 minutes within the school day.

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Physical Education

In this section, you will find a range of resources to support the planning and delivery of physical education in primary, secondary and special schools.

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School Sport and Competition

In this section, you will find a range of resources to support the return of school sport and competition.

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In this section, you will find information, planning tools and resources to help schools to support children’s physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

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Thanks to our partners and funders, we are also able to offer schools a range of resources and support through a number of programmes:

  • FA Girls Football School Partnerships – Active Play Through Story Telling and Game of Our Own
  • School Games programme – Focus on virtual delivery and Yr.7/8 Multi Sport
  • Active in Mind programme
  • Healthy Lifestyle Champions
  • Girls Active programme
  • Inclusion 2020
  • Lead Inclusion Schools
  • Active Secondary Schools programme
  • Young Ambassadors (Scotland and Wales)

Our network of highly skilled deliverers are ready to get started and are looking forward to working with you.

We hope you will find these pages helpful. Please do tweet about us if you do, and get in touch at if you need further support.

Guidance Documents

Below, we have outlined the statutory guidance from the Government and from our partners at the Association of Physical Education (AfPE) and ukactive. 

Department for Education (DfE) have released:

  • Guidance for the full opening of Schools. Within the guidance there is a specific section focusing on Physical Activity.
  • Guidance on supporting children and young people with SEND.
  • Guidance for parents and carers on their children attending out of school hours provision.
  • Guidance on protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children.

The following guidance has also been issued: