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

July 2020


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


This conference will be a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine key issues for PE and sports provision within education.


Areas for discussion in the agenda include:


  • enhancing access to sport and participation in schools and communities
  • the school sport and activity action plan - looking at its implementation and issues around curriculum time, facilities and supporting teachers
  • growing the engagement of disadvantaged pupils in sports and activities
  • widening inclusion and participation - looking at community engagement, diversity, and opportunities beyond the classroom
  • PE and sport education policy and inclusion - next steps

Of course we expect discussion to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, teachers 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
  • calls to keep school sports facilities open throughout the summer break
  • the role of sport in improving mental wellbeing during lockdown
  • ensuring sufficient support for youth sport organisations at this time
  • economic inequalities in the access to sport and PE during the COVID crisis
  • the practicalities of providing PE and sports provision when schools reopen
  • how to ensure that children and staff members remain safe, particularly during breaks in the school day

The discussion in detail:


  • 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
    • 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
    • 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 and adapting facilities for social distancing measures - 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, the continued development of PE teachers and the impact on Teacher Training stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 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
    • 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
  • Support from Sport England, including:
  • 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
  • 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

Policy officials attending:


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


This conference is no different. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from 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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles