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Physical education

Physical education (PE) is part of every child's entitlement to a good education. It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. It provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.

Physical education provision

  • How is your vision for PE and School Sport linked to the School Improvement Plan?
  • What has been the recent Ofsted feedback regarding PE and Sport in your school?
  • Does your PE curriculum meet the needs, aptitudes and interests of all pupils, ensuring equal opportunities across groups?
  • How comfortable do staff feel leading sessions against the areas of the National Curriculum?
  • Do teachers feel supported in offering the best service to their pupils?
  • Is PE used as an opportunity to promote cross-curriculum learning?
  • Are pupils made aware of how they are progressing and areas for further improvement?
  • Do safeguarding arrangements in PE promote safe practice and a culture of safety, including e-safety?


If you have completed your self-review and one of the areas for development is improving the provision of curriculum physical education, below are some options of how you could use the PE and Sport Premium:

Option 1 – Purchase professional development opportunities for staff members involved in the delivery of physical education.

Option 2 – Provide cover to release staff members to access professional development opportunities in physical education.

Option 3 – Allow staff to access quality assured professional development modules and resources for physical education.

Option 4 – In collaboration with partner schools hire an external PE specialists to work alongside staff members when planning, delivering and assessing physical education.

Find support

These are several organisation and contacts able to support you:

Local Partnership contacts

Carl Hamilton

Partnership Development Manager

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership

The North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership offer a membership service to schools in the Cherwell district, which includes YST membership for primary schools.

01295 264216

Margaret Stevens

School Sports Development Officer

Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council offers a membership service to schools in the Oxford City and Thame area, which includes YST membership

01865 252702

In South and West Oxfordshire various schools are working together, with their secondary school, to enhance their PE and school sport provision. In these areas there is currently no membership service, although the School Games Organiser is happy to advise on opportunities.

County / Regional contacts

Josh Lenthall

Josh Lenthall

Youth Sport Officer

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

Josh leads on Satellite Clubs, the Oxfordshire School Games, PE and School Sport Premium and is the Safeguarding Lead for the Core Team of Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity

07795 335776

Wendy Taylor

Senior Development Manager

Youth Sport Trust

07825 065230