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, which makes it even more imperative that our pupils take part in healthy activities throughout the day.

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 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)

Here’s a list of common Primary School team sports that are deemed permitted 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… https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/return-to-recreational-team-sport-framework

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.  This model can be used 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 consistent groups and sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.

Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible).  We have created the following resources to help when the weather is bad and the hall is out of use… https://peplanning.org.uk/downloads/classroom-pe/

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, please feel free to contact us.