Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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Preparing for Ofsted


Ofsted’s current education inspection framework was rolled out in September 2019. The four areas inspectors will now consider when making judgements are: 

  • Quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management

As a result, several areas of PE, school sport and physical activity are frequently considered during an inspection, regardless of whether PE is selected as a ‘deep dive’ subject or not.

Participation in the growing number of clubs is improving. They include sporting and creative activities and, like the rest of the school, are highly inclusive. Outdoor learning plays a big part in pupils’ work. For example, pupils enjoy the forest school and contributing towards the new sensory garden. During their free time, pupils play games such as handball harmoniously. 

Sussex Primary School Ofsted Inspection Report (February 2020)

Active Sussex has developed a useful guide for senior leaders to demonstrate how PE, sport & physical activity fits in with the new framework, including questions for improvement.


Before the Inspection

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding on your school’s website. This must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • number of Year 6 pupils meeting the national curriculum requirements for swimming

For more information and advice on school swimming click here or view the Active Sussex Swimming FAQs.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download the AfPE and YST Template which is available here.

During the Inspection – A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

When assessing ‘Quality of Education’, inspectors will perform a ‘deep dive’ into a sample of subjects. A deep dive is completed in collaboration with leaders, teachers and pupils and involves gathering evidence on the curriculum intent, implementation and impact of the subject.  

During 2019/20, 15% of Sussex primary school inspections included a deep dive into PE.

A deep dive includes the following elements:

  • evaluation of senior leaders’ intent for the curriculum in this subject or area, and their understanding of its implementation and impact
  • evaluation of curriculum leaders’ long- and medium-term thinking and planning, including the rationale for content choices and curriculum sequencing
  • visits to a deliberately and explicitly connected sample of lessons
  • work scrutiny of books or other kinds of work produced by pupils who are part of classes that have also been (or will also be) observed by inspectors
  • discussion with teachers to understand how the curriculum informs their choices about content and sequencing to support effective learning
  • discussions with a group of pupils from the lessons observed.

Questions will be asked to the PE Coordinator, Teachers and pupils. Some PE deep dive questions we have heard:

  • What does a PE lesson look like at your school?
  • How do you make sure pupils progress in PE?
  • What do you want pupils to be able to know, do and understand by the time they leave the school?
  • What PE CPD is available to teachers? How is this managed?

Primary PE Page Links:

For more information please contact:

David Taylor

David Taylor

Primary PE & School Sport Officer

07511 404116

David leads on supporting Sussex primary schools receiving the PE and Sport Premium. He promotes initiatives, programmes and local offers that develop PE, sport and physical activity within primary education.