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Let's Make Scotland More Active: A strategy for physical activity

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Let's Make Scotland More Active: A strategy for physical activity

Annex C

Plain English Campaign's Crystal Mark does not apply to Annex C.

National priorities for education

Health-related levels of physical activity for children and young people means being active for an hour a day on most days of the week. Currently, about a third of all school-aged pupils in Scotland do not achieve these levels. The Task Force believes that schools should promote opportunities for children to be active at this level. This would include, for example, PE classes, active break times and extra curricular activities as well as promoting opportunities for active travel to school and providing links to broader community activities.

The Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Act 2000 creates a new statutory framework for school education. Under this Act, local authorities and schools must plan, monitor and report on improvement in education. National priorities and measures of performance for education in Scotland are published to help schools to develop education. National priorities for education have given the Task Force the opportunity to develop performance and quality indicators for physical activity.

The Physical Activity Task Force has provided these indicators.

National priority

To equip pupils with the foundation skills, attitudes and expectations necessary to prosper in a changing society and to encourage creativity and ambition.

Outcome

Pupils are equipped with the necessary foundation skills, attitudes and expectations to prosper in a changing society.

The indicator for pupils in primary and secondary schools

Percentage of pupils achieving health-related level of physical activity

Target = 80% of pupils

The indicator for local authorities

Percentage of schools delivering two hours a week of physical education to each class

Target = all schools

The Task Force proposes that a small consultation group should be set up to determine how this data can be collected without creating too much extra work for schools.

The indicator for local authorities is information that should already be collected.