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'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.

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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

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