Angus schools reach government’s 
target for physical education

Brechin High School
Brechin High School

Angus primary and secondary schools are proving their merit when it comes to physical education, with schools hitting national targets.

The Scottish Government has recently revealed statistics that could mean that the next generation of Scottish sports stars are being nurtured in Angus schools.

In 2011, the Scottish government made a commitment to ensure that by 2014, every pupil will benefit from at least two hours of physical education (PE) in primary school and two periods in S1 through to S4.

In Angus, all primary and secondary school have achieved this - among only a handful of authorities in Scotland to have already met the national standard at both levels.

The council’s education spokesperson, councillor Sheena Welsh, said: “In Angus we are keen to increase opportunities for children to get involved in sport and physical activity which in turn improves health, educational attainment and life chances.

“We will continue to focus on ensuring the quality of physical education is improving all the time in our schools, providing activities which appeal to young people and encourage a lifelong interest in health and fitness.”

Among the initiatives introduced by Angus Council to support PE within schools is the appointment of a PE champion for primary schools.

The council utilised Education Scotland funding to recruit the champion who works with primary class teachers across the authority to improve their skill and confidence in delivering quality physical education.

Primary schools have also tapped in to external funding to improve the quality of outdoor facilities for PE.

Secondary schools are also introducing new way to deliver PE, such as introducing tablets to PE sessions to assist in the analysis of certain activities and to ensure lessons have a more interactive feel.