'Poor state' of PE lessons

A report has revealed the poor state of physical education in schools, as most PE lessons are failing to improve fitness, and not enough youngsters are playing sport at a competitive level.

Government: We want all children to be 'fit and healthy'

An inspectorate has found that very few schools had set up programmes to meet the needs of youngsters who were overweight or obese.

The report, which has taken Ofsted four years to compile, added that very few schools played competitive sports to a very high level.

It added that the Department for Education should build on improvements already made to PE and "harness the interest and momentum" generated by London 2012.

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.

– A Government spokeswoman

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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

Ofsted: 'Some teachers talked for too long'

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.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted chief inspector

Many PE lessons fail to improve pupils' fitness

A report has revealed the poor state of physical education in schools, as most PE lessons are failing to improve fitness, and not enough youngsters are playing sport at a competitive level.

Ofsted have raised concerns over the lack of physical strenuous activity in lessons which fails to push the sportiest pupils or help those overweight.

Poor state of physical education in schools Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The inspectorate said that PE lessons in around a third of primary schools, and a quarter of secondary schools, fail to meet standards.

The report added, however overall, the subject is in "good health" thanks to investment within the last decade.