AfPE, the subject association for PE has expressed their concern at over 4,000 hours of PE being lost in state-funded secondary schools. According to recent government figures, PE hours have been reduced in favour of other core subjects such as Maths or English.
The organisation alongside the sector have stressed the importance of physical education for mental and physical health. In particular, extensive research shows the transformative effect of PE in developing self-esteem and confidence.
PE is a statutory foundation subject, which should be allocated time at all four key stages. Children and young people greatly enjoy a broad curriculum, including access to dance and outdoor and adventurous activities. In underserved areas, the impact of reduced physical activity has far-reaching impacts on present and future health.
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