PE needs its own space in schools

5th October 2007 at 01:00
While supporting Dr Margaret Whitehead's view on the impact PE has on pupils' educational achievement (TES, September 21), I feel that a huge point is being missed. Not all schools have access to soft outdoor space. It is also occasionally cold and wet in our country.

So how can schools deliver an appropriate PE curriculum? The answer lies in a commitment from the Government, Sport England and others, to investigate the difficulties that schools face in delivering indoor PE. Teachers want to educate "the whole child". That's why they came into the profession. How can they do that if they are unable to deliver this key area of the curriculum because the only appropriate indoor space is used as a dining room, place of worship, concert hall, sale room and thoroughfare?

The Primary Capital Programme has as its goal to improve many of our primary schools over the next 15 years. A start could be made here. Improvements to hall provision would significantly raise levels of enjoyment and achievement of the people working in many of our schools.

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