Government Guidance for School Sport

published on 4th November, 2020

The combination of yet another lockdown, and dark winter nights, will inevitably result in children being less active at home. This makes it even more imperative that our pupils take part in healthy activities during the day – like school sport.

The DfE has published new information on what the new national restrictions mean for education and childcare settings.  The good news is that PE can continue, but we have extracted some important points from the guidance that we should all consider…

Dance lessons

Dance lessons are permitted, but precautionary measures should be considered such as…

  • keeping dance classes in their normal school bubbles
  • minimising pupil contact – choose your dance carefully (SD Dance)
  • minimising teacher-pupil contact
  • finding an alternative to shouting over the music (such as using a microphone)

School sports deemed safe

Here’s a list of common Primary School team sports that are deemed ok because their Governing Bodies have developed safety guidance…

Basketball
Dodgeball
Gymnastics
Cricket
Handball
Hockey
Netball
Football
Rugby
Rounders
Volleyball  

For a comprehensive list, and links to Governing Bodies, find everything you need on this page of the government website.

Competition sports between different schools

Competition between different schools should not take place.  But we have found a solution to this!  We have created a range of relay and circuit events that each bubble can complete and collate points in.  Each bubble completes their circuit at a separate time and equipment is cleaned between events.  We keep the events separate but consistent and collate scores to find a winning bubble. 

Use this model between bubbles, classes or even schools.  Anyone interested in further advice and distanced competition activities, please feel free to contact us.

Pupils should be kept in the same groups, and sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different groups.

Using indoor spaces

Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not. Maximise natural ventilation flows by opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible.  We have created resources to help when the weather is bad and the hall is out of use – find our classroom PE resources here.

External coaches

Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so.

We are working hard to produce as many resources as we can that comply with the restrictions.  New resources are being uploaded onto the website daily, so please keep a look out, particularly on our Additional Resources page.

For support and advice on school sport, please feel free to contact us.