'£5m a year' to make PE a core subject

The review group, made up of education and physical activity experts from across Wales, estimates it would cost £5million a year to make PE a core subject - but says the cost should be set against the £73m annual cost of the health service dealing with obesity.

The report states that giving PE core-subject status would result in:

  • Teachers being required to be competent to deliver the subject on completion of their teacher training
  • Well-qualified, specialist teachers being employed to work with schools to ensure high-quality provision
  • Standards and provision in physical education being rigorously reviewed in school.

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'Boost PE teaching in schools'

Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is calling on the Welsh Government to give PE lessons in schools the same importance as English and Maths.