Raising the bar for PE in capital schools

Edinburgh’s education leader has welcomed new Scottish Government statistics which show improvements in the amount of PE being taught in the capital’s schools.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee, said the figures showed the Council was on target to meet national targets for June 2014.

He said: “Achieving two hours PE for primary schools and two periods of PE for secondary has been a key priority for the Council and these figures show we are making great strides to achieving that goal.

“In our primary schools, there is a focus on PE Specialists and class teachers who have trained in PE to improve planning, delivery and quality. In secondary, the focus is on the schools working together in their clusters and the development of PE forums where they share good practice.

“Continuing support from head teachers and staff with a clear focus on how PE is being delivered is vital to ensuring our children receive not just the required amount of hours but improved quality. We have also recently appointed two PE Development Officers to support the provision of quality PE in our schools.

“In addition to the improvements in PE it’s important we take look at the bigger picture and realise the full health potentials of Council investment - our three community sports hubs are an excellent example of this.

“By investing in new sports halls, fitness rooms and all-weather pitches and working with local sports clubs we can promote the vast range of sporting and fitness activities that exist in the city and ensure we have a healthier Edinburgh.”

The Council has also received receive £200,000 over two years from sportscotland and Education Scotland to help meet the national target. In addition a further £43,000 has been received from Education Scotland to support quality PE.


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