Ofsted chief: pupils’ wellbeing at risk as sport is squeezed out of schools

The Guardian is reporting that top inspector says that physical education must play a full part in the curriculum.

Amanda Spielman told the Observer it was essential that ministers and school leaders acted to show they understood what should be obvious – that sport and exercise for young people were vital parts of a full and balanced education.

Research by the Youth Sport Trust, covering the 2017-18 academic year, found that 38% of English secondary schools had cut timetabled physical education for 14- to 16-year-olds since 2012, while almost one in four (24%) had done so in the previous 12 months.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Sport and PE are under pressure in schools because of real-terms cuts in education funding and timetables which are bursting at the seams with all the things that schools are expected to deliver.”

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