Publication - Statistics

School Healthy Living Survey statistics: 2020

Published: 8 Sep 2020
From:
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Directorate:
Learning Directorate
Part of:
Education
ISBN:
9781800040540

Information from an annual survey carried out in February each year of all publicly funded schools in Scotland on registration for free school meals, uptake of school meals (both free and paid for) and PE.

School Healthy Living Survey statistics: 2020
Chapter 2: Physical Education

Chapter 2: Physical Education

Background

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 survey reported on here was conducted in the week beginning 17 February 2020.

Key Findings

In 2020,

  • 99 per cent of all primary and secondary schools combined (2,331 of 2,360) were meeting the target level of PE provision, the same as in 2019.
  • Almost 100 per cent of primary schools (1,995 of 2,003) were providing at least 120 minutes of PE to all pupils, the same as in 2019.
  • 94 per cent of secondary schools (336 of 357) were providing at least 100 minutes of PE to all pupils in S1 to S4, the same as in 2019.
  • The data shows that provision is lowest at S4 (94 per cent). Focusing on S1 to S3, 98 per cent of secondary schools (351 of 357) were meeting the target, one percentage point down from 2019.

For schools which are not meeting the required amount of PE, the main reasons given are lack of facilities and problems with timetabling.

PE data by Urban Rural classification, size of school and local authority are available in the supplementary tables, which also contain school level PE data.

Table 2a: Percentage of primary schools meeting PE target 1 by local authority, 2016 to 2020
Percentage
Local Authority 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Aberdeen City 100.0 100.0 97.9 100.0 100.0
Aberdeenshire 99.3 98.7 98.7 99.3 100.0
Angus 98.1 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Argyll and Bute 93.9 97.5 97.5 100.0 98.8
City of Edinburgh 92.0 96.6 100.0 100.0 97.7
Clackmannanshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Dumfries and Galloway 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Dundee City 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Ayrshire 100.0 97.7 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Dunbartonshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Lothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Renfrewshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Falkirk 100.0 100.0 100.0 98.0 100.0
Fife 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 99.2
Glasgow City 99.3 97.8 100.0 100.0 100.0
Highland 100.0 100.0 98.8 100.0 98.8
Inverclyde 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Midlothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Moray 100.0 91.3 100.0 100.0 97.8
Na h-Eileanan Siar 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
North Ayrshire 96.0 96.0 95.9 98.0 98.0
North Lanarkshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Orkney Islands 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Perth and Kinross 94.5 100.0 97.2 100.0 100.0
Renfrewshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Scottish Borders 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Shetland Islands 96.7 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
South Ayrshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
South Lanarkshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Stirling 100.0 100.0 100.0 97.4 100.0
West Dunbartonshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
West Lothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Scotland2 98.9 99.1 99.5 99.8 99.6

1. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 120 minutes per week in primary.

2. The Scotland total excludes Jordanhill For more information see background note 3.3.

Table 2b: Percentage of secondary schools (S1 to S4) meeting PE target 1 by local authority, 2018 to 2020
Percentage
2018 2019 S1 S2 S3 S4 2020
Aberdeen City 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Aberdeenshire 94.1 94.1 100.0 100.0 100.0 94.1 94.1
Angus 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Argyll and Bute 100.0 100.0 80.0 80.0 90.0 70.0 70.0
City of Edinburgh 95.7 95.7 100.0 100.0 95.7 95.7 95.7
Clackmannanshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Dumfries and Galloway 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Dundee City 100.0 87.5 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Ayrshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Dunbartonshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Lothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
East Renfrewshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Falkirk 75.0 50.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 75.0 75.0
Fife 88.9 77.8 100.0 100.0 100.0 88.9 88.9
Glasgow City 96.7 96.7 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Highland 93.1 96.6 100.0 100.0 100.0 89.7 89.7
Inverclyde 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Midlothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Moray 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Na h-Eileanan Siar 100.0 50.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
North Ayrshire 77.8 88.9 77.8 77.8 77.8 88.9 77.8
North Lanarkshire 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Orkney Islands 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Perth and Kinross 60.0 90.0 81.8 81.8 80.0 70.0 72.7
Renfrewshire 90.9 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Scottish Borders 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Shetland Islands 85.7 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
South Ayrshire 100.0 87.5 100.0 100.0 100.0 87.5 87.5
South Lanarkshire 88.2 88.2 100.0 100.0 100.0 94.1 94.1
Stirling 85.7 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
West Dunbartonshire 60.0 60.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 60.0 60.0
West Lothian 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Scotland2 93.9 93.8 98.3 98.3 98.3 94.4 94.1

1. Target provision of Physical Education refers to at least 100 minutes per week in secondary timetabled periods.

2. The Scotland total excludes Jordanhill. For more information see background note 3.3.


Contact

Email: school.stats@gov.scot