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

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss next steps for increasing participation in sport amongst children and improving the quality of Physical Education (PE) in schools.

It follows the announcement of the £100m healthy pupils capital programme, expected to be introduced in 2018, to improve sports facilities and promote healthy lifestyles, in light of evidence that more than a third of children aged 10-11 are overweight or obese.

Delegates will discuss the priorities for schools in implementing measures contained in the Childhood Obesity Plan - including the introduction of a healthy schools rating and the doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium from September 2017 - as well as recommendations from Ofsted on good practice, expected to be published by the time of this conference.

Further sessions will examine how the provision of PE in schools can be improved, and how physical activity can be better incorporated into the classroom - following the recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fit and Healthy Childhood calling for the national curriculum to include examples of how physical activity can be included in traditional learning.

Attendees will also discuss the challenges for schools in increasing engagement in sport amongst underrepresented groups and improving 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 Speaker

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


Mel Knott

Executive Chair, Expert Panel: Children and Young People’s Dance, One Dance UK

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

Lizzie Webb

Founding Director, Creativity in Sport

Debbie Flood

Founding Director, Creativity in Sport

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