Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity

Physical Education, Sport and Health plays a vital role in enthusing and inspiring children and young people to participate fully and develop a life long love of physical activity.

Our aim is to ensure every child leaves school physically literate, inspired and enthusiastic about participating in physical activity and with the knowledge, skills and motivation to equip them to feel good about themselves.

What’s New?

NEW PE Scheme of Work 2020

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The Rainbow Programme


School Activity Tracker Challenge


PE and Sport Service Level Agreements


Our Team

With an experienced team of Advisors, Teachers, Specialists, Coaches and Instructors, Edsential are able to offer a range of high quality solutions whilst maintaining a commitment to ensuring best value. Our team have experience in a wide range of areas from Ofsted inspections to Family Engagement, and from Mental Health to Dance.

This support will empower schools and will enable the continual development of a whole school approach to Physical Education, Sport & Physical Activity.

Carl Sutton –
Service Lead

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I have spent the past 12 years working within primary school PE, Sport and Physical Activity. During this time I have taken on a number of roles from PE Subject Leader, EVC and PE Teacher to my current role of advising and delivering training for all school staff. I spent the past four years working as a specialist PE Teacher for Wirral Local Authority before moving to EdsentiaI in December 2015. I currently lead a team of teachers, coaches and specialists in the delivery of Edsentials’ PE, Sport and Physical Activity Programme and Lead the School Swimming Programme in Wirral. I have a real passion for PE and Sport and I have experienced first hand how it can transform the lives of young people.

Alex Barnes – PE & Sport Specialist

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I have spent the past 7 years working within Primary and Secondary schools across Cheshire West and Chester in a number of roles, ranging from Teaching Assistant, Class Teacher, PE Subject Leader and Specialist Sports Coach to my current role of delivering PE and CPD for school staff.

Having only left the Classroom in 2017 and joined the Edsential team in January 2018, I have now taken the opportunity to work full-time within my biggest passion: Helping children to be active and achieve success through PE, sport and physical activity.

Claire Annakin – PE & Sport Specialist

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I started working as a primary school teacher in 2014 after completing a BSc Sports Coaching degree and a PGCE. Having been a PE Subject Leader for the last 3 years, I have experienced first-hand what is expected of schools and the running of the PE curriculum.

I joined the Edsential team in September 2017 and have taken on a number of roles including the delivery of PE lessons; mentoring teachers to develop their PE teaching skills and confidence; and I am now lead member of staff for JASS (Junior Assessment Scheme for Schools), a progressive learning programme for primary school aged children, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

I am passionate about making a difference to young peoples’ lives and hope to do this through PE, Sport and outdoor learning.

Our Impact


“We are delighted with the impact Edsential have had in a short time on our PE and Sport provision. We already have a clear action plan in place to improve participation and enjoyment, based on pupil voice survey. Two assemblies have already got the pupils interested and enthused again in P.E, and as an SLT, we are confident in the quality, delivery, progression and assessment of our curriculum P.E.”

Deborah Richard, Headteacher, Cathcart Street Primary School, Birkenhead

“Very beneficial, lots of assistance and support in all areas of need. Helpful and kind approach from the Edsential staff member with a vast knowledge in the subject area. I am now more confident with how to challenge and stretch all children, how to include all, even those on a bench without kit. Outstanding knowledge and practise from the tutor.”  Teacher – St Peter’s Primary School

 “Lots of positive ideas – the Curriculum Support model is a great supportive tool which has developed my teaching of PE!”

Teacher – Hillside Primary School


PE Premium

What can I spend the PE Premium on?

A school can choose to spend the PE and Sports Funding on anything that improves current provision of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity. The funding cannot be spent on PPA cover or replacing the delivery of the existing curriculum. The two key words are Additional (in addition to what you already do) and sustainable (if the funding stopped at the end of the year, what would the lasting impact be?). For further information visit our dedicated PE Premium page or the DfE PE premium page

When and how do I publish the information on the schools’ website?

Schools are required to publish a clear outline of how the have spent the funding effectively, including evidence of impact. This should be on a schools website by April of the current academic year, although many schools prefer to publish a plan in September and update the impact as and when it happens. If you would like support with meeting statutory requirements using an approved website format? Click here

Can I spend PE premium funding on Mental Health?

Schools may choose to use the funding to target mental health. This would meet the criteria if physical activity was being used as a way of meeting mental health realted outcomes. Hiring an Educational Psychologist or Cognitive Behavious Therapist would not come under the current guidelines unless there was a significant physical activity focus. See ‘Personal Best’, ‘Family Activity’ or ‘Active Staff’ for ideas of how to use Physical Activity to impact on Mental Health.

How much will our school receive in 2017/18?

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

Teaching & Learning

How many hours of Physical Education do we need to teach each week?

Extracted from Quality of Curriculum in PE – Ofsted, 2014

Outstanding – Pupils have two hours of core PE lessons each week in all key stages. In schools with significantly less than this in any key stage, all pupils are provided with extra activities during and after school to enable them to make outstanding progress and attain very high standards.

Good – Pupils have close to two hours of core PE lessons each week in all key stages. A good range of additional awards and qualifications in PE and sport, and a broad enrichment programme enable most pupils to make good progress and exceed expectations of them.

Requires improvement – Pupils participate in weekly PE, but not enough time is allocated to core PE lessons to enable them to make good progress.

Inadequate – Not enough time is allocated to core PE in one or more key stages to enable all pupils to make sufficient progress.

Can earrings be worn in PE?

Please follow the link for a full answer from the Association for PE