Covid-19 & PE

published on 15th September, 2020

PE can, and we feel must, go on!

However, everyone’s safety is paramount and we have therefore collated some principles for you to consider when preparing for PE. 

We are following the government guidelines, and the following information should be considered alongside the published guidance from the government and your school’s own COVID protective measures. 

Preparation for PE

Changing areas should be cleaned after every use.  Throughout changing, pupils must adhere to social distancing measures – marked out zones will need to be used to help with this. 

Alternatively, asking pupils to attend school with PE kit on their PE days will reduce the need of changing areas.

An updated Risk Assessment should be completed ahead of every unit of work with all the COVID secure measures included.

The use of outdoor space should be encouraged and is preferable to indoor PE where possible. Where outdoor space isn’t available, indoor space may be used if pupils are able to practice social distancing and work in individual/small group zones. 

If this is not possible for indoor PE the opportunity should be taken in the classroom to explore the personal, social, and cognitive skills of pupils through the theoretical side of PE.  Our website has a range of classroom PE resources.

Class sizes need to be appropriate, to allow for the up to date social distancing measures to be adhered to.  If you have enough staff, consider splitting your class into 2 groups where one half takes part in active PE whilst the other half work on classroom PE, then swap over.


To limit risk and movement around school a plan should be made before lesson regarding getting pupils from their classroom to the PE space and back again. This plan should take staggered break and lunch times into consideration, as well as unnecessary movement in school.

Thought should also be given, and plans discussed with pupils regarding toilet breaks during lessons.

Good Hygiene 

Before and after every PE lesson, pupils should be given the opportunity to wash their hands thoroughly. 

All PE lessons should have tissues and hand sanitiser available if needed throughout the lesson.

Activities and Teaching

Curriculum priorities i.e. Long-term plans may need to be altered to avoid team sports. If team sports are to be delivered, the focus should only be individual skills and techniques as all contact games must be avoided. 

All activities should allow for social distancing – following the up to date government guidance. 

Zones should be marked out and used where appropriate to keep pupils safe during activities. 

Pupils should be reminded throughout that all activities are non-contact and social distancing measures need to be adhered to.

We recommend following the Social Distancing PE plans available on the PE Planning website.


Equipment should be cleaned after every use and limited during lessons. 

Our Social Distancing PE plans have been created to account for the strict cleaning regime. 

Equipment may be shared due to pupils washing their hands upon entering and exiting PE lesson, but again this is minimal and planned for appropriately.

The above notes have been collated for our team delivering PE.  We hope you find them a useful consideration, but all schools are different and we strongly advise consulting with your Senior Leadership Team when setting a Covid safe PE Policy.