Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for the provision of PE and sports within education - inclusion and participation, support for schools and their staff, and community engagement

Morning, Thursday, 25th June 2020

Central London


It will be an opportunity to examine implementation issues and next steps for government’s updated School sport and activity action plan, which sets out:

  • Measures to allow children to access 60 minutes of sport and physical activity throughout the day by making it a greater part of children’s daily routine; and
  • The development of a collaborative approach both within government and including schools, parents, sports clubs, and activity providers.

It comes with the latest Active Lives Survey by Sport England, showing an increase in the number of children meeting recommended activity levels - although still standing at less than half of England’s children and young people - with out-of-school activity being the driver, in areas such as walking, active play, and team sports.

The agenda for this conference will bring out latest thinking on how to further grow engagement in sport in this age group, including how to increase inclusiveness - and develop partnerships with communities.

Those attending will also look at the implementation of government’s Healthy Schools Rating Scheme, which aims to allow schools to rate their health and wellbeing provision and evaluate the success of regional trials currently taking place which aim to trail new initiatives to support young people’s health and wellbeing and get young people active.

Keynote contributions and case studies

The agenda includes a keynote address from: Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive, Sport England.

Speakers sharing particular areas of experience include:

  • Arun Kang, Chief Executive, Sporting Equals - who will examine the opportunities for supporting young people from different ethnic backgrounds into school sport;
  • Alison Oliver, Chief Executive, Youth Sport Trust - on wider trends in young people’s participation in sport and PE, and experience of initiatives to improve participation rates;
  • Nick Perchard, Head of Community, Premier League - on the priorities for his organisation in improving its outreach and community engagement to support greater participation and diversity within sport;
  • Dr Tracy Vell, Clinical Director, Health Innovation Manchester - on the work of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in supporting the innovative use of sport to improve young people’s mental health; and
  • Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Physical Education - who will discuss the opportunities for schools to develop the curriculum and improve PE teaching to grow engagement of young people in sport.

The agenda in summary

  • Enhancing access and participation to sport in schools and communities;
  • Implementation of the school sport and activity action plan - curriculum time, facilities, and supporting teachers:
    • Areas for discussion include: Support for teachers needed around training; motivating students; health and safety; issues with timetabling; facilities for sports; and the different challenges at primary and secondary levels.
  • School sport and Ofsted’s new inspection framework - work to support the personal development of pupils;
  • Priorities for enhancing the engagement of disadvantaged pupils in sports and activities:
    • An exploration of findings from the report of the Social Mobility Commission regarding opportunities for disadvantaged pupils to engage in extra-curricular activities.
  • Widening inclusion and participation in sport - outreach and the offer of sport and activity for all, community engagement and opportunities beyond the classroom, and the role of sport in improving physical and mental health and developing young people’s character:
    • Areas for discussion include: The role of sport: in character development, in reaching vulnerable youth, and in improving mental health and wellbeing; joining up teaching of mental and physical health; diversity and participation in sport; community engagement to widen and enhance participation; priorities for supporting parents and teachers; approaches to engaging wider groups, including girls, in school sport; inclusion for pupils with SEND or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and BAME communities, and understanding the needs and ensuring the inclusion of LGBT pupils; sports and alternatives to mainstream sports outside school; creating partnerships outside schools - including with community and faith groups, as well as with businesses and sports organisations.
  • Next steps for PE and sport education policy.

Keynote Speaker

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive, Sport England


Baroness Bryford


Heather Douglas

Head of Participation, UK Coaching

Sue Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Physical Education

Senior speaker confirmed from OCR

Arun Kang

Chief Executive, Sporting Equals

Alison Oliver

Chief Executive, Youth Sport Trust