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PE and sports provision within education - priorities for inclusion and participation, support for schools and their staff, and community engagement

Morning, Thursday, 25th June 2020


This conference examines PE and sports provision with education.

Discussion will focus on:

  • priorities for improving inclusion and participation,
  • supporting schools and their staff, and
  • encouraging wider community engagement.

It takes place in the context of:

  • government commitments to invest £17m in primary school PE teaching, and £15m every year to support schools in widening the use of their sports facilities; and
  • the School Sport Action Plan aims to make sport part of young people’s daily lives, involve parents and teachers, and take a coordinated approach to physical and mental wellbeing;

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • how to further grow engagement in sport at primary level - including how to increase inclusiveness and develop partnerships with communities,
  • the future of sports facilities in schools and options for improvement and refurbishment;
  • funding upgrades to facilities, including the role of professional sporting bodies and options such as opening facilities after school hours.


There will be a keynote contribution from Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive, Sport England.

Further confirmed speakers include: Ali Arber, Head of PE, Aylesbury High School; Heather Douglas, UK Coaching; Arun Kang, Sporting Equals; Alison Oliver, Youth Sport Trust; Nick Perchard, Premier League; Dr Tracy Vell, Health Innovation Manchester; Sue Wilkinson, Association of Physical Education and a senior speaker confirmed from OCR.

Baroness Bryford has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda in summary

  • Enhancing access and participation to sport in schools and communities;
  • Implementation of the School Sport Action Plan - curriculum time, facilities, and supporting teachers;
  • School sport and Ofsted’s new inspection framework - work to support the personal development of pupils;
  • Enhancing the engagement of disadvantaged pupils in sports and activities;
  • Widening inclusion and participation - community engagement, diversity, and opportunities beyond the classroom; and
  • Next steps for PE and sport education policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from the DCMS and the HMPPS.

Keynote Speaker

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive, Sport England


Heather Douglas

Head of Participation, UK Coaching

Nick Perchard

Head of Community, Premier League

Dr Tracy Vell

Clinical Director, Health Innovation Manchester

Ali Arber

Head of PE, Aylesbury High School

Dr Andy Daly-Smith

Senior Lecturer, Physical Activity and Behaviour Science, Leeds Beckett University

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

George Hounsell

Primary Sports Coordinator, Marches Academy Trust