Chapter 6: Physical Education
- 99 per cent of schools (99 per cent of primary and 94 per cent of secondary schools) were meeting the target level of PE provision (98 per cent in 2017).
Increasing the amount of Physical Education (PE) 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 19 February 2018.
In 2018, 99 per cent of all primary and secondary schools (2,341 of 2,374) were meeting the target level of PE provision, compared to 98 per cent in 2017. In primary, 99 per cent of schools (2,005 of 2,016) were providing at least 120 minutes of PE to all pupils, the same as in 2017. In the secondary sector, 94 per cent of schools (336 of 358) were providing at least 100 minutes of PE to all pupils in S1 to S4, compared to 93 per cent in 2017. The data clearly show that provision is lowest at S4. Focusing on S1 to S3, 98 per cent of secondary schools (351 of 358) were meeting the target, compared to 99 per cent in 2017.
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, and so would need to provide three periods of PE per week to meet the target).
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 targeta by local authority, 2014 to 2018
|Argyll & Bute||98||100||94||98||98|
|Dumfries & Galloway||96||100||100||100||100|
|Edinburgh, City of||93||95||92||97||100|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||100||100||100||100||100|
|Perth & Kinross||99||99||95||100||97|
a. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 120 minutes per week in primary.
b. Figures for 2018 exclude Jordanhill. Please see section 7.3 of background notes for details
Table 11: Percentage of secondary schools (S1 to S4) meeting PE targeta by local authority, 2016 to 2018
|Argyll & Bute||100||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Dumfries & Galloway||100||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Edinburgh, City of||96||96||100||100||96||96||96|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||100||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Perth & Kinross||90||70||70||70||60||70||60|
a. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 100 minutes per week in secondary timetabled periods.
b. Figures for 2018 exclude Jordanhill. Please section 7.3 of see background notes for details