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afPE publishes non-statutory guidance for PE and sport in schools

April 10, 2024

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The Association for Physical Education has announced the publication of new non-statutory PE guidance for schools in England. This guidance aims to support schools in delivering high-quality (PE) and providing equal access to sport for all students.

The government will publish non-statutory PE and sport guidance by the end of 2024, which includes detailed case studies of good practice to help teachers and school leaders deliver effective PE and sports programmes.

The guidance will examine what schools offer through timetabled PE lessons and extracurricular sport. It will also highlight examples of schools providing a minimum of two hours of PE per week and equal access to sport for girls. Support will be informed by NGBs and other sporting organisations, with comparisons drawn between independent and state schools.

With the introduction of the Oak National Academy, this curriculum body will work with teachers to provide free, high-quality digital resources for PE aligned with the national curriculum. This comes after the government have now confirmed the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic years.

In the next two academic years, the investment will total over £600 million in total to support improved local accountability and leadership of PE and sport in primary schools. For the future, meeting the ambitions of the national curriculum guidelines and Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines, as well as embedding sport in school culture and values, will be the core focus.

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