6. Physical Education
- 98% of schools (99% of primary and 95% of secondary schools) were meeting the target level of PE provision (98% in 2015).
6.1 Increasing the amount of Physical Education pupils receive in school has been a government priority for a number of years. Increased physical activity can have a positive impact on a pupil's health, educational attainment and life chances. In 2011, the Scottish Government made a commitment to ensure that by 2014, every pupil will benefit from at least two hours of Physical Education in primary school and two periods (100 minutes) in S1 to S4 per week. In order to monitor progress in meeting this commitment, questions on physical education provision in schools have been included in the Healthy Living Survey since 2012. The latest Healthy Living Survey was conducted in the week beginning 22 February 2016.
6.2 Information on Physical Education provision in schools was
also collected in 2005 and was published on the Scottish Government
website in 'Progress towards the recommendations of the Physical
Education Review Group' in January 2006, at the following address:
6.3 In 2016, 98 per cent of all primary and secondary schools were meeting the target level of PE provision, the same as in 2015. In primary, 99 per cent of schools were providing at least 120 minutes of PE to all pupils, the same as in 2015.
6.4 In the secondary sector, 95 per cent of schools were providing at least 100 minutes of PE to all pupils in S1 to S4, compared to 93 per cent in 2015. The data clearly show that the main issue is with provision at S4. Focussing on S1 to S3, 99 per cent of secondary schools were meeting the target, the same as in 2015.
6.5 For schools which are not meeting the required amount of PE, the main reasons given are lack of facilities and problems with timetabling (for example, some schools operate a 45 minute period system, so would need to provide three periods of PE per week to meet the target).
6.6 PE data by urban/rural classification, size of school and local authority are available in the supplementary tables. The supplementary tables also contain school level PE data. In the background notes section there is a list of the tables published.
Table 10. Percentage of primary schools meeting PE target 1 by local authority, 2012 to 2016
|Primary % of schools|
|Argyll & Bute||83||87||98||100||94|
|Dumfries & Galloway||79||82||96||100||100|
|Edinburgh, City of||79||89||93||95||92|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||78||89||100||100||100|
|Perth & Kinross||99||90||99||99||95|
1. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 120
minutes per week in primary.
2. The Scotland total includes Jordanhill, the mainstream grant aided school.
Table 11. Percentage of secondary schools meeting PE target 1 by local authority, 2015 to 2016
|% of schools||S1||S2||S3||S4||% of schools|
|Argyll & Bute||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Dumfries & Galloway||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Edinburgh, City of||100||100||96||96||96||96|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Perth & Kinross||100||90||100||100||100||90|
1. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 100
minutes per week in secondary timetabled periods.
2. In 2015 there was one junior high school in Na h-Eileanan Siar which offer only stages S1 and S2.
3. The Scotland total includes Jordanhill, the mainstream grant aided school.