Transforming physical education

YST Transforming physical education
Transform PE's place in the curriculum, putting it at the centre of wellbeing and achievement in education.

We will work with teachers, young people, parents and policymakers to maximise PE’s potential to improve children’s wellbeing and achievement.

Physical Education (PE) is in decline at a time when it has never been needed more. Inactivity, obesity and mental health issues are increasing and there is a growing need to develop resilience and employability skills. Yet our research shows timetabled PE is being cut. Like English and Maths, PE should be part of the bedrock of a good education which equips young people with vital skills to support their wellbeing, get them ready to learn and helps prepare them for success in life.

Did you know?

  • 38% of English secondary schools have cut timetabled PE for 14-to-16-year-olds since 2012
  • £1.24 billion invested in primary schools through govenment's Primary PE and Spot Premium up to 2019.

The sustainable impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium will not only depend on investment in primary teachers, but ensuring young people continue receiving a good quality of physical education once they transition to secondary school.

We will work to reverse the slide in curriculum time, maximise the impact of additional primary funding and refresh PE for the 21st century, positioning it as a subject which develops children’s wellbeing and achievement, not just their sporting ability.


  • Benchmark the state of physical education and physical literacy
  • Reposition the subject with the education profession and key stakeholders
  • Drive innovation and standards across the PE sector
  • Develop wellbeing networks which share best practice and grow our movement.

What we’ve done so far:

  • We commissioned research which found that 64% of UK adults agreed that PE should be a core subject on the curriculum alongside English, maths and science
  • We fed into Ofsted’s consultation on its new inspection framework, championing the importance of inspectors recognising the essential role that PE, sport and physical activity play in a good and well-rounded education. Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman addressed our annual conference in February 2019
  • Our 2019 YST National School Sport Week brought together 4,397 schools to champion the important role of PE and school sport in improving young people’s wellbeing
  • We supported Sport England in delivering specialist teacher training, helping them to raise the profile of PE across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • We developed My Personal Best to inspire PE teachers to teach life skills through PE. It develops attributes such as empathy, teamwork and resilience, helping young people to transfer these to other lessons and their lives in and out of school
  • Working with the Association for Physical Education we have continued to provide guidance to schools on evidencing the impact of the PE and Sport Premium.

Read more about our impact in our 2018/19 Impact Report, published in January 2020.

To read our full strategy please click here or click below to look at another objective.

Our Strategy

In 2018 we launched our new four-year strategy, focusing on six objectives. At the heart of these objectives is a goal to tackle the alarming decline in young people's wellbeing.
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Removing barriers to sport

Harness global best practice to ensure youth sport in the UK is inclusive, accessible and fun.
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Unlocking potential

Unlock sport's potential at every stage of a child's life, especially where they face inequality or disadvantage.
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Empowering activism

Empower young people through sport to become local activists, tackling the issues of their generation.
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Championing insight

Champion the impact of physical activity, PE and sport through research and insight.
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Strengthening foundations

Strengthen our foundations to ensure we can sustain our mission.
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