We want all children to be given the opportunities they need to be fit and healthy.
The draft PE curriculum published last week is designed to put competitive sport back at the heart of school life and end the damaging 'prizes for all' culture. We are also extending the School Games and spending £1 billion on youth sport over the next five years.
In addition we are working across government on a range of measures to improve PE and school sport as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and will make an announcement in due course.
Primary school pupils 'should play competitive games'
In a new PE curriculum published last week:
Pupils aged five to seven should be taught to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching, take part in team games and perform simple dances
Pupils aged seven to 11 should play competitive games such as football, netball, rounders, cricket and hockey
They must also be able to swim at least 25 metres
Secondary school pupils should "use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in face-to face competition through team and individual games", develop technique, take part in outdoor and adventurous activities and compare their performances with previous ones
An Ofsted report has warned that pupils are not being challenged enough in PE lessons in schools.
It stated that teachers interrupted the lessons too often, preventing children from being physically active throughout lessons.
In particular, we found there often wasn't enough physical, strenuous activity in PE lessons. Some teachers talked for too long and pupils were not provided with enough activity to enable them to learn or practise their skills.
In many of the schools visited, the more able pupils were not challenged sufficiently because teachers' expectations of them were too low.