Department for Education School Sport and Physical Activity Action Plan
A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system. Physical literacy (building physical competency alongside confidence, enjoyment, knowledge and understanding) and high quality, modern physical education (PE) lessons that engage boys and girls of different backgrounds and abilities should be a fundamental part of every child’s school experience.
Ensuring young people have access to the right amount of daily activity can have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing learning and academic achievement. Sport has also been identified by the Department for Education as one of the five foundations for building character, helping young people develop resilience, determination and self-belief, and instilling values and virtues such as friendship and fair play. It can help children and young people to connect with their peers, tackling loneliness and social isolation and building stronger communities.
PE at Formby High School
Physical Education is a vital element in a comprehensive, well-balanced curriculum and can be a major contributing factor in the development of an individual in all aspects of life: physical, emotional, mental and social. Our aims are to educate students so that they make healthy lifestyle choices, for students to enjoy taking part in physical activity and for them to have the confidence to continue to take part in exercise outside of school. We also aim to prepare them for further studies in Physical Education by focusing on sports that can be offered as part of the GCSE specification.
Physical Education allows students to develop their practical performance and cognitive skills through the form of decision making in practical situations. Students will also be encouraged to be creative and develop their leadership skills through a wide range of activities. In Year 9, students can opt to complete an accredited Sports Leaders qualification as part of the ‘Discovery Year’ programme.
In terms of examination PE, we offer students the opportunity to study GCSE Physical Education, A level Physical Education and BTEC Sport level 3.