The Government have agreed with Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, that Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport within the Inspectors’ Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors are clear about how sport will be assessed in future as part of the overall provision offered by the school.

From September 2013, schools will be held to account over how they spend their ring-fenced Sport Premium. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the ‘Inspectors’ handbook’ and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.

One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact.

Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Supporting documents

Beyond 2012 - Outstanding PE for all Ofsted Report

Ofsted’s most recent physical education survey highlighted a number of common weaknesses and sets out a series of recommendations for schools and Department of Education to secure further improvement in the quality of PE in schools. It also provides examples of what the most effective schools have done to overcome weaknesses so that Physical Education is good or outstanding. To download a copy click here.

Inspecting primary school PE and school sport: new funding.Briefing for section 5 inspection

From 1 September 2013, inspectors will assess and report on how effectively this new funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the school’s leadership and management. This document outlines how schools will be assessed and examples of how to use resources effectively. Click here to download a copy.

Physical Education Survey Visits

Generic grade descriptors and supplementary subject-specific guidance for inspectors on making judgements during visits to schools. Guidance document can be found here.

Going the extra mile: excellence in competitive school sport

Ofsted survey report looking into the educational background of those who participate in sports at the elite level. Download a copy here.

Good practice to maximise effective use of the funding

Ofsted have produced a report which highlights good practive. Download a copy here.