It is clear from evidence that the physical activity levels of many children and young people have dropped due to COVID-19. Young people’s physical, mental, individual and social development has suffered, with many longing for time with their friends, structure and routine. Now it is more important than ever for schools to harness the power of play, sport, physical activity and physical education to rebuild their functional capacity, belonging and happiness.

Government logoDepartment for Education

Statutory guidance released by the Department for Education 

Guidance for full opening: Schools 

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings 

Guidance for parents and carers on their children attending out of school hours provision 

Guidance on protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children

A new online platform featuring inspiring videos and resources for schools helping pupils stay active and healthy during the school day.

Association for PE logoAssociation for Physical Education

To help support the teaching workforce, afPE have developed a number of guidance documents.  

FAQ: COVID-19 and PESSPA in a School Setting (PDF) – September 2020 

Reactivating learning posters 

Interpreting the Government Guidance in a PESSPA Context (PDF) 

FAQ: COVID-19 and PESSPA in a School Setting June 2020 (PDF) 

Youth Sport Trust logoYouth Sport Trust

Youth Sport Trust have developed several resources to support the return to school and sport. 

Primary Schools:

Physical Education COVID-19 Response – Delivery Principles (PDF) 

Primary PE Response to COVID-19 (PDF) 

Primary PE COVID-19 Teaching Tips (PDF) 

Returning to sport Framework (PDF) 


Physical Education COVID-19 Response – Delivery Principles (PDF) 

Secondary PE Response to COVID-19 (PDF) 

Transition Cards 


SEND PE Response (KS1-4) to COVID-19 (PDF) 

#ThisIsPE SEND Activities 

Swim England logoSwim England

Swim England has published its comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance 

Returning to Pool Guidance – Users (PDF) 

Return to Pool Guidance – school swimming (PDF)


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Karley Hubbard

Projects Officer (Primary PE & School Sport)