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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

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference examines PE and sports provision within education..

We also expect discussion to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, teachers and other staff, and pupils and their households, particularly relating to school sport and PE, including:

  • priorities for ensuring children can maintain and improve their fitness levels and wellbeing at home during the COVID crisis,
  • ensuring sufficient support for youth sport organisations at this time,
  • the practicalities of providing PE and sports provision when schools reopen, and
  • how to ensure that children and staff members remain safe, particularly during breaks in the school day.

Further areas for discussion:

  • Next steps for the 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
    • development of a collaborative approach between government, schools, parents, sports clubs, and activity providers.
  • Engagement in sport at primary level:
    • improving the use of PE and Sport Premium at primary level, with regional trials due to start on innovative approaches to encouraging young people to become active,
    • opportunities for supporting the role of primary schools in setting positive habits from an early age for young people, and
    • increasing inclusiveness and developing partnerships with communities.
  • The Government’s Healthy Schools Rating Scheme - implementation and early indications from current regional trials on initiatives to support young people’s health and wellbeing;
  • Sports facilities in schools - improvement and refurbishment, funding upgrades to facilities, the role of professional sporting bodies, and options for opening facilities after school hours;
  • Overcoming barriers to participation, including more prominent inclusion of physical activity in the wider curriculum, and the timetabling of sport and PE in the school day;
  • Training of PE teachers - and continued development of PE teachers;
  • Inspection - the impact on the sports offering from schools of Ofsted inspecting school sport provision, and an emphasis on schools developing their curriculum;
  • Supporting greater inclusion into sport for all young people - and developing programmes to foster participation in a wider variety of sports, including:
    • offering activities that are alternatives to mainstream sports, and
    • developing targeted approaches to engaging wider groups of boys and girls in sport - including pupils with SEND, from disadvantaged backgrounds, and within BAME communities - as well as understanding the needs and ensuring the inclusion of LGBT pupils.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • 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;
  • Sport England’s release of £195m in emergency funding for sports organisations, and redeployment of 450 school games organisers to create online and digital fitness content for young people;
  • 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 Department for Education committing to developing a toolkit to support effective use of the PE and Sport Premium; and
  • The latest Active Lives Survey by Sport England, highlighting out-of-school activity - such as walking, active play, and team sports - being a driver of an increase in the number of children meeting recommended activity levels.

The agenda:

  • 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;
  • Priorities for 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.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from the DCMS; Ofsted and HMPPS .

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive, Sport England

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andy Daly-Smith

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

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive, Sport England


Baroness Sater


Heather Douglas

Head of Participation, UK Coaching

Nick Perchard

Head of Community, Premier League

Jack Shakespeare

Director of Children, Young People, Families and Research, ukactive

Ali Arber

Head of PE, Aylesbury High School

Sue Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Physical Education

Sara Mallet

PE and Sport Adviser, OCR

Arun Kang

Chief Executive, Sporting Equals

Alison Oliver

Chief Executive, Youth Sport Trust

George Hounsell

Primary Sports Coordinator, Marches Academy Trust