PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Guidance


Schools, colleges and education settings can find information and resources, including links to DfE guidance to support provision during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Welcome to the PE, School Sport and Physical Activity guidance.  

The ESCC PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Guidance document 2021 along with supplementary documents  should support your establishment to safely deliver a broad range of activities in and out of curriculum time.  

If you are still have any queries please contact the PE Health and Safety Adviser

Safe practice

ESCC advise that PE departments access the latest 'Safe Practice: in physical Education , School Sport and Physical Activity' 2020 produced by Association for Physical Education (AfPE), which sets out the fundamental principles of safe practice, teaching safely, teaching safety and activity specific information. 


All Schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.  Pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m

  • use a range of strokes effectively

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

ESCC Swimming guidance covers curriculum and non-curriculum swimming activities and should be used when planning swimming activities


ESCC with Freedom Leisure are providing lifesaving course for curriculum swimming, to book a course, complete the booking form at the end of the course brochure and send to

Risk Assessments

Below are generic risk assessments for activity areas, these are generic so it is important that these are used as starting points and are adapted for your establishment.

Other templates to support your risk assessments:


Coaches and External Providers

There are a number of coaches being used to support the physical activity provision within schools, either during the school day or part of the extra curriculum, please look at the guidance, which sets out the checks that should be carried out along with other considerations. 

The External Provider Observation  checklist should give you some things to consider during the observations

Trans Students and PE

ESCC has produced some guidance to support schools with ensuring Trans Students are included within PE and School Sports.

Trans Students and PE Guidance 2018