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Best Start for Children - Physical Education

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: June 2017

Physical Education

This high level summary page is no longer being updated. Please follow the below links to reach the most recent publications and datasets. The statistics for this topic can be found in the Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living publication and the Schools meals and PE, supplementary dataset.


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 20 February 2017.

In 2017, 98 per cent of all primary and secondary schools were meeting the target level of PE provision, the same as in 2016. In primary, 99 per cent of schools were meeting the target of providing at least 120 minutes of PE to all pupils. In the secondary sector, 93 per cent of schools met the target of providing at least 100 minutes of PE to all pupils in S1 to S4.