There is no magic bullet or fool-proof strategy for teaching outstanding PE. As Ofsted itself says, ‘There are many routes to excellence’.  Ofsted is clear, however, on what they require for a lesson to be ‘outstanding’. This article examines some of the features that should be present in your lessons and primary PE scheme to help ensure excellent teaching and learning.

High Expectations

A common pitfall for primary teachers is that they don’t apply their teaching skills to PE as they would other subjects.  Just as you would for literacy or numeracy, set high expectations for pupils; so this starts with progressive and inclusive lesson objectives that set the tone for the lesson and the use of a quality primary PE scheme.

Time on activity

There’s no substitute for time on an activity which generates commitment to learning.  Aim to reduce your teacher-speak to 10-15% and allow children to be ‘doing’ for 85-90% of the time.  Appropriate organisation, explanation and demonstration is key to making this a success. (We will look at this in more depth in a future post.)

Check understanding/progression

Show what ‘good’ looks like through clear modelling. In PE terms this could be a specific skill, a passage of play, or a compositional idea. Defined teaching points are necessary to check for understanding and show progress. These should be used for each skill or concept taught.

Use mini-plenaries to check pupils’ progress; don’t wait till the end of the lesson to find out what they have or have not achieved.  Assessment for learning in PE is an absolute must for outstanding teaching, including sharp questioning related to the AFL task.

Teaching Strategies using a primary PE scheme

Ofsted says outstanding lessons have ‘well-judged and often inspirational teaching strategies’… with a little planning, this can be achieved. Show children what is possible (what good looks like), show them how to achieve it (key teaching points and demonstration), allow them to experience, explore and learn for themselves (time to practice and make mistakes/refine).

When PE is well planned with a clear vision over the short and medium term, teachers are free to intervene and change, challenge or direct pupils; this is when real progress happens, and deeper connections between the teacher and pupils are made.

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This month’s featured activity is dance! Dance is one of the only ‘must be taught’ activities in the PE curriculum.  If you use a planning tool, make sure dance is covered in any primary pe schemes chosen.  If dance were classified as a performing art and not PE, then schools would have a choice as to whether to teach it or not.  We believe all children should experience dance at school, here are just a few reasons why:


Dance give pupils a rare opportunity to be genuinely creative in PE and express emotions and feelings through movement to music.  This creativity can be shaped in many ways including exploring themes, music, dance styles and patterns as well as drawing on their own imagination through activities such as role play.

Primary pe schemes

With topic teaching being back in fashion what a better way to bring ideas to life than through dance?  Almost anything can be made into a dance from natural events to sporting ones.  If you’re studying a historical topic, learning a traditional dance can transport children back in time! Some primary pe schemes will have topic based dance. The English Folk dance and Song Society have produced a lovely resource to give you a head start with some traditional English Dance.


The new national curriculum talks a lot about pupils working collaboratively.  Dance is an excellent way for children to discuss ideas, refine movements, choose skills and devise movement patterns and dances together.  Working as a team is not just reserved for team sports!

Social impact

Dance has developed from humans desire to be personally expressive and to connect socially.  To dance feels good and it is an innate part of who we are.  Allowing children the opportunity to connect with themselves, each other and the world around them through dance is a special kind of gift we can give our pupils!

For further reading on the benefits of dance for children check out Stage Coaches fantastic article on this subject.

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We recently caught up with a school direct trainee teacher. Before commencing teacher training Mr Donnelly was a sports coach for a local Sports Coaching company in Birmingham. Mr Donnelly has been using the primary PE SOW for 2 years now. This week, we want to share with you how The PE Hub has helped Mr Donnelly so far during his teacher training.

Confidence in teaching PE

As mentioned Mr Donnelly has a lot of experience teaching physical education but he still feels The PE Hub has helped to support him in many ways. “The PE Hub is still very useful for somebody confident in PE because there are still areas of the curriculum I am not confident in e.g. dance…the steps.  The differentiation’s and progressions make a unit a lot less scary to teach.  Having a primary PE scheme of work has been hugely helpful”.

Time Saver

As we are all aware and as mentioned in a previous blog time is very precious to all teachers. Having access to a primary PE SOW has helped Mr Donnelly to save time by providing the basis of all his physical education planning.

“The PE hub plans tells you how many there should be in a group, how much space you need for a particular activity and what resources you need before every lesson, all you have to do then is deliver the session. It takes the stress of all the peripheral issues from PE lessons and allows you to focus on what matters the most: teaching PE.”

Favourite parts of the primary pe SOW

Mr Donnellys favourite parts of The PE Hub are:
“The colour system; this makes it easier to move between units within sports to whatever is suitable for a particular group. The overviews; each unit has an overview stating the lesson objectives for each lesson, resources needed, key vocabulary and links to the national curriculum. This is a great document to quickly look over, look at medium term plans to ensure this unit is the correct unit for your class. The plans; each plan is written in a very simple format and easily are readable. The website is very easy to navigate, colours and years are easily displayed sending to print is very clear and it is just extremely easy to use.”
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It’s Friday again! Every week we’ll share a few stories, articles, or resources that have caught our attention recently. Here’s this week’s crop:

UKEdChat: We recently came across an interesting article from UKEdChat which discusses the link between academic performance and physical activity. In my experience I have found that when teaching classes in the afternoon or at a after school club, the children can be more challenging and lively if they have had a ‘wet break’ at lunch time and have not been able to get outside for some fresh air and to burn off some energy. A wake up shake up activity can help here to get the children moving and ready to learn, this type of activity can also go towards the children’s 60 minutes of recommended activity each day.

Sticking with the lunch time theme:

Playpods: I have seen playpods in action at a school in Birmingham, this is a slightly different take on playground activity with less instruction and more chance for creative play. Children are able to engage with the materials on offer and use their imagination and creativity to play together. I like the idea of children being creative at lunch time and thinking of new and exciting games, it reminds me of playing as a child and not having any specific equipment but being able to entertain ourselves in play for hours.

We hope you find these links enjoyable and informative as you head into the weekend. Enjoy your days off—and if you haven’t already sorted your PE lesson plans, we can help with that.

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PE Coordinator responsibilities often go to the young and enthusiastic primary school teacher.  Whether you’re an NQT or you’ve been on the teaching circuit for a while, there are a few key areas to consider to understand your PE coordinator responsibilities and take your school’s PE from strength to strength.

Training for the role of the PE coordinator

There are numerous courses available for the new PECO and for a good reason.  The PE coordinator responsibilities can be overwhelming.  As well as your own development you will have to facilitate the CPD of your fellow staff, ensuring they all have access to training that will upskill them.  The school or an outside agency may deliver training.  CPD in PE is essential for all staff to ensure sustainability.


Interpreting the new curriculum for your team and signposting to effective PE schemes of work and resources is one of the PECO’s significant responsibilities.  Choosing the right PE resources for your staff can support all PE teaching to be good.  Furthermore, it will also help teachers feel supported and secure in what they are delivering.  Pupils’ learning the curriculum is a focus of the new inspection framework, so selecting high-quality resources and schemes to support curriculum delivery can have a considerable impact on pupil progress.


Being an effective PE lead mainly comes down to organisational skills! You will have curriculum planning, fellow teachers and possible specialist coaches to manage.  Also, you will also need to schedule clubs, hall space and transport to and from fixtures.  You may even bear the responsibility of Risk Assessments and off-site plans.  If this is the case ensure you are fully supported to do so by your senior leadership team and receive the correct training.  You can find great information on this subject on AfPE’s website including The Safe Practice In PE handbook.


PE leaders often find themselves managing the Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding. Spending in line with your school’s sports premium targets and budgeting for the year can be a big responsibility.  School’s often support their PECO’s in the management of this funding to ensure effective use.

In future blogs, we will share stories from PE Coordinators across the country.  If you wish to share your experiences of being a PE coordinator we would love to hear from you, email us at and if you need support for your staff with resources check out our free content and subscription packages.

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For the past two weeks you’ve been able to access for free on The PE Hub as sample plans the following:

Primary PE Lesson plans

Today we are sharing Year 3 Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) to demonstrate how assessment for learning (AFL) can work in this exciting activity. AFL is just as important in PE as other subjects. We will cover this in more depth in a future Blog post.

Year 3 – OAA Lesson Plan

OAA can be one of the most rewarding activity areas to teach, so with good planning and preparation your pupils will discover new ways to problem solve.  In today’s sample we are sharing Lesson 1 from our Key stage 2 primary PE SOW.  This PE lesson contains 2 assessment for learning tasks.  These tasks encourage pupils work together to solve problems and improve their performance.

Year 1 – Dance Lesson Plan

In Year 1 Dance Unit 1 we explore the story of Penguin Small and the movie Happy Feet.  Penguin Small is last penguin at the North Pole who struggles to follow his friends south, whilst Happy Feet tells the tale of a young penguin that cannot sing.

We touch on a variety of compositional ideas including the use of formations, solo and levels.  Take a look at our sample dance Year 2 Lesson.

Year 5 – Football Lesson Plan

Football is extremely popular in the UK and most children will have experience of playing.  We have developed our plans with this in mind and they cater for progress at all levels. Year 5 football Lesson 3, looks at passing on the move and encouraging pupils to run with the ball.

There’s more!

This fortnight we have also included a Year 4 Tennis Sample Lesson which explores the development of the forehand shot and a Unit 5 Physical Literacy Lesson which follows the unit theme of manipulating objects and greater coordination.

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It’s Friday! Every week we’ll share a few stories, articles, or resources that have caught our attention recently. Here’s this week’s crop:

Jan-U-Ary: The National Obesity Forum’s Jan-U-Ary campaign encourages people to make small changes that can have big impacts on health over a lifetime. Here are some of their ideas for helping children take part in the change to healthier eating that might be useful for teachers and families.

NHS LiveWell: How often should the under-fives exercise, and what form should it take? Find answers from medical experts here at the NHS LiveWell site. This includes some ideas for getting kids active and the dangers of being too sedentary.

Youth Sport Trust: The YST is a great resource for PE teachers and other adults who care about keeping kids active in a healthy way. Their latest infographic on child obesity shows that we PE and fitness teachers have our work cut out for us. The YST offer a variety or resources that can by schools or parents to improve children’s diets and physical activity levels. Some of these can be found here!

West Sussex County Times: Finally, here’s an amazing story about Steyning Grammar School PE teacher and hockey coach Wendy Russell, who won the 2015 ‘Disability Coach of the Year Award’ at the Sports Coach UK Awards this past December. Russell began the UK’s first deaf hockey team—even developing a hockey-specific sign language!

We hope you find these stories enjoyable and informative as you head into the weekend. Enjoy your days off—and if you haven’t already sorted your PE lesson plans, we can help with that.

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This month’s featured sport is swimming!  There are many benefits of teaching swimming. It may seem strange to focus on swimming in the dead of winter, but with rain and snow in the forecast, it’s a great time of year to get kids out of the usual school environment. Plus, programming a swimming unit offers you and your students plenty of benefits.

The benefits of teaching swimming in your school

  1. Self-confidence: Humans aren’t naturally built for the water, and learning to swim may seem intimidating to many children. Students who learn to swim in spite of their initial fears gain mastery over themselves.
  2. Safety: According to the Royal Life Saving Society, about 400 people drown each year in the UK. The sooner children learn to swim—and swim safely—the more likely they are to be able to save themselves.
  3. Physical benefits: Swimming is an excellent full-body workout that trains the cardiovascular system and improves flexibility without the pounding or impact found in land sports.
  4. Social effects: Children who can swim are able to participate more fully in holidays, parties, and even competitive clubs later in life
  5. Lifelong practice: Because it’s so low-impact, swimming is an activity people can do well into old age. Teaching students to swim offers a tool they can use to maintain good health for the rest of their lives.

As an added bonus, there is also some evidence that swimming is less likely to be a problem for students with mild to moderate asthma.

Later this month we’ll share some of our best practices for teaching this challenging but rewarding activity. Meanwhile, find out more about what we do here at The PE Hub, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to subscribe!

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Schools across England as well as internationally are discovering the advantages of our PE lesson plan subscription packages. This week, we want to share with you what Galley Common and Warren Farm schools have gained since subscribing to The PE Hub.  Both schools sight ensuring progress in PE as a reason for choosing The PE Hub for their teachers and pupils.

Galley Common Infants and Warren Farm primary school were early adopters of The PE Hub and their feedback was crucial in helping us shape and develop our service to schools.

Subject Knowledge

Both schools highlighted that subject knowledge was an area staff needed developing and our plans helped with this, “I’ve got to deliver hockey…I’ve never played before….it gives instructions on how to teach different aspects of the lesson, which I’ve found personally very useful” Mr Bowen, Warren Farm.

Progress in PE

Ensuring children progress was one of the main reasons Galley Common purchased The PE Hub, “It shows you all the skills children need to learn…it helps me focus on the children and helping them move on much quicker“ Miss De-Vogel.

Watch our video to see what Warren Farm and Galley Common have to say about the benefits of the PE Hub. Some of the advantages to your school in subscribing for this 12 month service include:

  1. Ease of use; a one stop shop for all PE plans and schemes of work – Complete EYFS, KS1 and KS2 resource with national curriculum standards built in
  2. Helps teachers deliver all areas of PE regardless of their knowledge base – ensuring pupils receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum
  3. Exceptional value for money – schools are able to support teachers with planning by spending less than 4% of the average primary school sports funding annual budget (based on average English primary school purchasing the ‘Primary’ subscription package)


Benefits of the PE Hub’s service impact the whole school, from expanding teacher skills to improving the range of activities on offer to the value for money.  Ensuring progress in PE is a key reason to choose The PE Hub for your school, our plans ensure all children are developing.

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Since 1998, schools have been required to produce School Development Plans (SDPs) for each academic year. SDPs help administrators and staff focus on the aspects of their school which need the most improvement.  They give everyone in the school community the opportunity to:

An SPD sets timescales for implementation and determines how to effectively use both human and material resources. Furthermore, how these resources should be used to support specific goals. A useful SPD also helps schools plan and prioritise budget and organise professional development.

Why include PE in your SPD?

PE is often left out of SDPs; this might be due to the perception that PE is incidental to the academic mission of the school—if we can fit it in alongside literacy and numeracy, that’s nice!

However, research shows that there’s a direct relationship between levels of engagement with PE and sport and levels of academic achievement. One of the most significant of these is a 2013 study by The University of Strathclyde that was published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine that found a long-term positive effect on academic achievement associated with physical activity.

Reasons to include PE in your SDP

  1. Emphasises importance to teachers: If teachers don’t know how important PE is, they are more likely to push it to the side for other priorities. Including PE as part of your SDP shares the vision for PE’s development across the school, so all teachers understand its importance and are more likely to do it well. For instance, they’ll ensure they actually teach PE in their PE slot and request support where necessary.
  2. Increases accountability for SPF usage: Putting PE in your SDP ensures that there is constant evaluation and improvement on how sports premium funding is used. This is especially true when it comes to money spent on upskilling staff.
  3. Supports goals of the whole school: Schools that invest in PE and sport invest in their whole school—for example, they see improved attendance due to before- and after-school clubs. By properly implementing their sports premium for staff training and curriculum development, they also raise the standard of teaching across the entire school.

How to encourage the inclusion of PE in your plan

The first step is to involve your PE coordinator and any sports partnership leaders your school is involved with. They will help you identify opportunities to improve not just in the school hall or on your fields, but outside your school gates. Including PE in your SDP has a direct impact on pupil engagement and achievement. Make it a priority for your next SDP.

We Can Help

Setting PE as a priority in your SDP doesn’t have to be daunting: choose lesson planning resources and CPD that support your staff from the very start. Find out more about our lesson plan subscription packages, which are developed to National Curriculum standards today!

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