Education Business 28.02

Investing in sport & PE

The government has announced a raft of measures and funding to improve the provision of sport and PE, including £600 million to continue the PE and Sport Premium for another two years.

To ensure equal access to sport – something the Prime Minster Rishi Sunak promised to the Lionesses following their win at the Women’s Euro 22 – the government has set out standards to ensure girls and boys are offered the same sport options at school. What’s more, the government is advising that at least two hours of PE is done a week, and says that it will provide details on how to support schools in its soon-to-be refresehed School Sport Action Plan. These measures to improve sport and PE are analysed on page 69.

This issue of Education Business also examines effective strategies for MAT growth, as well as the mental wellbeing of the school workforce and what school leaders should be aware of. Meanwhile Victoria Temple from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, takes on the topic of ChatGPT and the rise of AI in schools, discussing how teachers can harness its potential.

Finally, with the government admitting that serious structural issues have been identified in a number of schools, we examine the issue and summarise what support is available to improve the condition of school buildings.

Angela Pisanu, editor