Is PE in schools ‘in tatters’ after the London Olympics?
Pupils now spend less time participating in sport and PE in schools than in 2012
According to yesterday’s TES news article ‘Pupils now spend less time participating in sport and PE in schools than pupils did back in 2012, according to the Youth Sport Trust. It’s hardly the legacy the London Olympics was aiming for’.
But when PE has untold benefits for children, not least by encouraging an active lifestyle, social skills, concentration and promoting self-discipline and team building, why are so many schools not giving PE the priority it deserves? Instead, too many employ sports coaches, to allow teachers time for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA), resulting in fewer trained teachers providing PE. PE, much like many other creative subjects, has been squeezed out of the curriculum, lagging far behind the subjects that are crucial to learning and league tables alike, such as English and maths.
The article concludes that ‘schools must recognise the importance of improving pupils’ wellbeing, by refocusing on the position of PE within our schools‘…