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Delivering two hours of PE in Schools

New PE guidance for schools strengthens equal access to sport


Ahead of a huge summer of sport in 2024, schools will receive new guidance on delivering two hours of PE a week, and equal access to sport and PE.


Brand new guidance published today will help inspire the next generation of British athletes by supporting schools to boost high-quality PE and school sport. This will create the foundations for active healthy lifestyles and help children follow in the footsteps of the sporting heroes they’ll be watching this summer at the Olympics, Paralympics and Euro 2024 football tournament. The guidance, which will be published in the run-up to the Women’s Six Nations Championship, builds on the government’s commitment to improve the quality of PE and sport for all pupils.

As set out in the updated School Sport and Activity Action Plan published last year, which delivered on promises made by the Prime Minister and Education Secretary to the Lionesses, the guidance will support schools to offer equal sporting opportunities for girls and boys, alongside a minimum of 2 hours of PE per week, helping to build a brighter future for our children.


This is just one of the ways the government is helping schools give young people the best start in life, regardless of background. The plan is working as school standards continue to rise with 90% of schools now judged to be Good or Outstanding last year, up from 68% in 2010.

Information: update to PE and sports allocations for 2023 to 2024

ESFA have updated the 2023 to 2024 allocations for PE and sport premium to include brand new schools and newly eligible schools. Namely, schools that did not have eligible pupils in January 2023 census but do in October 2023 census.