Covid-19 Advice and Guidance

Updated: 30/03/2021

Updated Guidance for Schools from

Physical activity in schools

You have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided while following the measures in your system of controls.

Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.

You can hold PE lessons indoors, including those that involve activities related to team sports, for example practising specific techniques, within your own system of controls.

For sport provision, outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible), distancing between pupils, and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene. This is particularly important in a sport setting because of the way in which people breathe during exercise. External facilities can also be used in line with government guidance for the use of, and travel to and from, those facilities.

Where you are considering team sports you should only consider those sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government such as sports on the list available at grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events.

From 29 March, outdoor competition between different schools can take place.

Indoor competition between different schools should not take place until wider indoor grassroots sport for under 18s is permitted. This will be no earlier than 12 April and we will confirm in due course.

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You can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities. You must be satisfied that it is safe to do.

Activities such as active miles, making break times and lessons active and encouraging active travel can help pupils to be physically active while encouraging physical distancing. 

Please see BPSS additonal information on Health, Wellbeing and Physical Literacy to aid your students in the CMO extra 30 minutes a day within school. 

Guidance from afPE on the Use of Changing Rooms in Physical Education

For all indoor spaces, maximise natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible) distance pupils and pay scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene.

All staff and pupils are expected to adhere to the current social distancing guidelines as far as is reasonably practicable.

afPE would advise:

• As much as possible, fresh air is increased within buildings by opening windows and doors frequently to encourage ventilation, taking account of any potential security, fire safety issues or inclement weather• During winter months, as a minimum, windows will be fully opened 15 minutes before a room is used, and whenever a room is unoccupied in order to purge the air• Where possible, windows will be kept partially open at times of occupation

Click HERE to download some other frequently asked questions, which have been prepared by afPE’s Health & Safety Team.

You can always contact Jo Eames, Strategic Manager for ongoing support on [email protected] 


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