I know a lot of you are still a little nervous about rules and guidelines around how you will manage PE sessions and out of school clubs during this Autumn term. With so much information about we produced a summary guide to help schools. This can be downloaded free on our website: https://www.acceleratelearningservices.co.uk/product/covid-19-and-the-pe-curriculum/
afPE also hosted a free webinar which you may like to view: ‘COVID-19: Interpreting the Government Guidance in a PESSPA Context’ and have produced a frequently asked questions document which can be accessed HERE and a self review risk assessment tool which can be accessed: HERE
Some key messages to take into consideration.
PE will not be able to take place as normal it will need to be adapted to make it safe and meaningful.PE is an important area of the curriculum and children should still be receiving a broad and balanced National curriculum offer. PE should not be excluded to make room for more time on other subjects.Physical Education and Physical Activity are not the same thing. PE is a statutory entitlement within the taught curriculum, and is needed now more than ever.
Use of outdoor space should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not.
Key principles for supporting safe PE, School Sport and Physical Activity:
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
- Wash hands frequently as part of a clear hygiene regime.
- Minimise contact
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene
Remember every school is different – therefore your plans for what you offer and how you approach your risk assessment for PE delivery should reflect the needs of your school, your pupils and follow both the guidance of your employer and national recommendations.