Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for sport in primary and secondary schools - new funding, the healthy schools rating, and improving the quality of PE

Morning, Thursday, 30th November 2017

Central London


This seminar will consider the next steps for increasing participation in sport amongst children and improving the quality of Physical Education in schools, in light of the Government's announcement of funding for schools to improve sports facilities and promote healthy lifestyles.

Following the publication of the Childhood Obesity Strategy in August 2016 and ahead of the implementation of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in April 2018, delegates will discuss how schools can take a whole-school approach to encouraging healthy lifestyles for their pupils. Those in attendance will also consider the initial impact of the implementation and inspection of the healthy schools rating and the doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium in September 2017, as well as Ofsted's inspection of the new measures.

Further sessions will examine how the provision of PE in schools can be improved, in light of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fit and Healthy Childhood’s report into the topic which recommended that the Government review the PE curriculum and establish a national PE Taskforce to gather examples of best practice. Attendees will also discuss how schools can increase engagement in sport amongst underrepresented groups and improve PE provision for disabled children.

Guest of Honour

Loretta Sollars

Programme Manager, Children, Young People & Families Team, Public Health England

Guest of Honour

Loretta Sollars

Programme Manager, Children, Young People & Families Team, Public Health England

Keynote Speakers

Nick Ceadel

Lead, PE and Sport Team, Department for Education

Alison Oliver

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Sport Trust


Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Christina Rees MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport


Dr Jo Harris

Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, Loughborough University

David Turner

Development Lead for Children and Schools, UK Coaching

Martine Verweij

Founding Chief Executive Officer, Kids Run Free

Jan Burkhardt

Strategic Lead for Dance in Health and Wellbeing, One Dance UK

Lizzie Webb

Founding Director, Creativity in Sport

Debbie Flood

Founding Director, Creativity in Sport

Dawn Catley

Education Engagement Officer, Active Essex

Andrew Foster

Learning and Skills Manager, Newcastle United Foundation

Graham Morgan

Chairman, Evolve

Barry Horne

Chief Executive, English Federation of Disability Sport

Grahame Price

Executive Headteacher, St Paul’s Way Trust School, London

Donna Parker

Headteacher, Ardleigh St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Essex

Tanwen Batchelor

Head of PE, Clapton Girls Academy, London