Impact of PE on all-round achievement
It is not surprising that little progress is being made in literacy and numeracy at key stages 1 and 2 as the curriculum these pupils experience is grossly biased towards intellectual development. There seems to be little or no appreciation that this development depends on a rich and wide educational experience that includes PE and the arts. As Professor Margaret Talbot says, it is scandalous that there are no government guidelines to ensure that prospective primary teachers have adequate preparation to teach PE.
If the Government wants to boost standards in young children, it should look seriously at the impact of competent teaching in PE on pupils' educational achievement.
Dr Margaret Whitehead
Physical education consultant, Caxton, Cambridge