AFPE - Statement for schools.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown, we know that schools and early years settings will be reviewing their plans and there will be many questions arising. Clearly, each school and setting is different and you will be considering your risk assessment, specifically the control measures to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19 during physical education. Based on the previous lockdown you will have some estimate of the numbers of students to expect, together with staffing requirements and other elements of provision.

DfE Guidance and Information

During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only.

All early years providers (including registered childminders but not including reception years in primary schools) can remain open during this period of national lockdown.

As a result of the above information the majority of students will not be attending school, and will instead be undertaking remote education.

afPE is working with the Oak National Academy to produce physical education lessons for the Primary Sector which can be used in a home setting. These resources are currently in development and further details will be announced imminently.

The Department for Education published the latest guidance on 30th December 2020, this can be viewed HERE. This guidance outlines the current arrangements for schools.

Following dialogue with the Department for Education, we anticipate further guidance in due course; however, it is unlikely that there will be any major changes to the current messaging around physical education, sport and physical activity:

‘Physical education, sport and physical activity provided by schools to their own pupils under their systems of control can continue. This includes sports clubs or activities before or after school, in addition to their regular PE lessons.’

It is imperative that physical education is placed firmly at the heart of every school’s curriculum so that children and young people can achieve the best outcomes, physically, emotional and socially.

afPE members may use the H&S dedicated telephone number for any queries and other colleagues please check the website for further information and updates.

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