PE during the lockdown

published on 15th February, 2021

Whether you are planning activities for pupils attending school, or pupils at home, it is more critical than ever that children are being physically active every day. 

There is a range of free home-learning PE activities on this website.  And for those who are delivering activities to pupils in school, here are some extractions from the most up to date Government guidance…

Physical activity in schools

Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided to pupils attending school while following the measures in their system of controls.

Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.

Schools can hold PE lessons indoors, including those that involve activities related to team sports, for example practising specific techniques, within their own system of controls. However, outdoor activities and sports should be prioritised where possible.


Pupils should continue to have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives

External Sports Coaches

Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Schools should consider carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures.

Out of School Clubs

For the duration of the national lockdown, out-of-school settings should only offer face-to-face provision for:

  • children of critical workers, where it is reasonably necessary to enable their parents to work, search for work, attend education or training, or attend a medical appointment
  • vulnerable children and young people

Please keep visiting this page for updates and guidance on PE during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Full Government guidance here:

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (