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Physical Education: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were deemed to have unsatisfactory physical education and sports provision in each of the last 10 years. (195963)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 1 April 2008:

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NUMBER 195963: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were deemed to have unsatisfactory physical education and sports provision in each of the last 10 years. Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for reply.

Between September 1996 and July 2005, inspectors made an overall judgement about the quality of teaching in each subject inspected. From September 2003 to July 2005, they made an additional judgement about the overall quality of provision in each subject inspected. These judgements were made using a seven point scale: excellent, very good, good, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, poor and very poor. Since September 2005 there has been no specific subject reporting in routine school inspections so we are unable to provide all the information you request. Since this time too physical education has been inspected in a sample of 30 primary and 30 secondary schools each year.

The information requested is set out in the three tables attached. The first shows the overall quality of provision in physical education in 2003/04 and 2004/05 and the second and third show the overall quality of teaching in physical education between 1997/98 and 2004/05. Figures 4-6 show these same data in terms of percentage of schools inspected. Please note that these percentages are calculated from weighted data so that they provide a more accurate representation of English schools as a whole at that time.

These data cover three different inspection frameworks (1996, 2000 and 2003) and comparisons should be treated with caution as the guidance used by inspectors varied between different frameworks.

In addition, the 2000 framework incorporated a differentiated inspection system in which the most effective schools had short inspections and other schools had full inspections. There was detailed reporting on each subject only in full inspections.

The 2003 framework also involved a differentiated inspection system in which inspectors tailored the inspection to the school. In schools where the core subjects were weak, more time was allocated to the inspection of these subjects while less time was given to other subjects and teaching in physical education was not always observed in the course of a given inspection. Therefore these data do not cover all the schools inspected during this period and this is more likely to be the case in primary than in secondary schools.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Figure 1. Overall quality of provision, based on effectiveness, in the area of learning, subject or course—physical education

Number of schools

Total inspected

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

Primary schools

2004/05

772

4

86

383

290

9

0

0

2003/04

1,829

9

131

763

879

47

0

0

Secondary schools

2004/05

480

9

135

241

74

18

3

0

2003/04

616

9

127

335

120

23

2

0

Figure 2. Quality of teaching of physical education in primary schools

Number of schools

Total inspected

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

741

3

96

418

220

4

0

0

2003/04

1,622

4

121

879

593

25

0

0

2002/03

2,110

5

103

1,053

912

37

0

0

2001/02

2,263

2

104

1,077

1,037

42

1

0

2000/01

2,356

2

93

1,100

1,116

43

2

0

1999/20001

1,537

1

57

698

750

28

3

0

1998/99

3,331

1

81

1,460

1,734

54

1

0

1997/98

5,915

5

171

2,478

3,069

186

6

0

Figure 3. Quality of teaching of physical education in secondary schools

Number of schools

Total inspected

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

481

2

119

290

56

14

0

0

2003/04

619

2

100

416

88

13

0

0

2002/03

439

0

63

303

69

4

0

0

2001/02

446

0

40

304

89

13

0

0

2000/01

462

0

41

331

88

4

0

0

1999/20001

259

1

21

182

52

3

0

0

1998/99

767

0

52

490

206

16

2

1

1997/98

623

1

36

400

181

5

0

0

Figure 4. Overall quality of provision, based on effectiveness, in the area of learning, subject or course—physical education

Percentage

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

Primary schools

2003/04

1

8

42

47

2

0

0

2004/05

1

11

50

37

1

0

0

Secondary schools

2003/04

2

21

54

19

4

0

0

2004/05

2

28

51

15

4

1

0

Figure 5. Quality of teaching of physical education in primary schools

Percentage

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

0

13

56

30

1

0

0

2003/04

0

8

55

35

2

0

0

2002/03

0

5

50

43

2

0

0

2001/02

0

5

48

46

2

0

0

2000/01

0

4

47

47

2

0

0

1999/20001

0

4

45

49

2

0

0

1998/99

0

2

44

52

2

0

0

1997/98

0

3

42

52

3

0

0

Figure 6. Quality of teaching of physical education in secondary schools

Percentage

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Poor

Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

0

25

60

12

3

0

0

2003/04

0

17

67

14

2

0

0

2002/03

0

14

69

16

1

0

0

2001/02

0

9

68

20

3

0

0

2000/01

0

9

72

19

1

0

0

1999/20001

0

8

70

20

1

0

0

1998/99

0

7

65

26

2

0

0

1997/98

0

6

66

28

1

0

0

1 The framework change in January 2000 means that data for that year cannot be aggregated across two frameworks so the data shown are for inspections from January 2000 to July 2000.