Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of PE and sport as well as considering how effectively schools have used their additional funding. The impact of the funding will be considered in terms of:

  • achievement in weekly PE lessons;
  • increased participation in competitive school sport;
  • personal health and well-being; and
  • improved attitudes and behaviour towards learning.

Inspectors will be assessing and reporting on how effectively this new funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the school’s leadership and management. In addition, inspectors must take account how increasing participation in PE and sport is helping all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of, when making judgements about the achievement of pupils at the school. When evaluating the curriculum, inspectors will be considering pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. The opportunities created by the school for pupils to take part in a range sporting events and activities are part of those considered by Ofsted as relevant in promoting aspects of pupils’ SMSC development.

Inspectors will expect school leaders and Governors to be able to give an evaluation of the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision and how the new funding has been used to make improvements. There is an increased expectation of PE lesson observations and inspectors are likely to ask young people for their views on PE, sport and what their school does to keep them healthy and active. Evidence may also be used from observations of extra-curricular sports clubs and inspectors may review the details of a school’s PE and sport provision on their school website prior to an inspection. Ofsted will expect additionality from the investment, it will not be sufficient to be maintaining current levels of quality or provision.

Inspectors have been asked to consider the impact of the new primary school sport funding on pupils’ lifestyles and physical well-being by taking into account of the following factors:

  • the increase in participation rates in such activities as games, dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics;
  • the increase and success in competitive school sports;
  • how much more inclusive the physical education curriculum has become;
  • the growth in the range of provisional and alternative sporting activities;
  • the improvement in partnership work on physical education with other schools and other
    local partners;
  • links with other subjects that contribute to pupils’ overall achievement and their greater
    social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills;
  • and the greater awareness amongst pupils about the dangers of obesity, smoking and other such activities that undermine pupils’ health.