New National Restrictions Update 5 November

New National Restrictions Update 5 November – 2 December 2020

We have identified the following guidance from GOV.UK which applies to PE, School Sport and Physical Activity during the period of 5th November – 2nd December (inc). The full report is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020

The statement below gives schools advice on PESSPA within this document:

Sport and physical education

It is important that children continue to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, have the 60 active minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officers.

Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls.

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 are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports listed on the return to recreational team sport framework. Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.

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

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 sports 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.

Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Where schools are offering extra-curricular activities (that is, before and after school clubs) they should only do so where it is reasonably necessary to support parents to work, search for work, or undertake training or education, or where the provision is being used for the purposes of respite care.

Schools should consider carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures.

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

Since this announcement DfE have been challenged about clarity of the guidance. Please see here further clarification announced on 10/11/2020 by DfE:

"We are aware of speculation in the media about whether sports organisations and extra-curricular activities can continue under new national restrictions.

In a piece in The Telegraph, the Secretary of State For Culture, Media And Sport Oliver Dowden set out the tough choices this Government has taken about which activities can safely continue, and which cannot. He made clear that when the restrictions are lifted, out of school, grassroots sport will be one of the first social activities to return.

In the meantime, it is important that we all work together to ensure children get 60 minutes of daily physical activity every day – including during the school day – as recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. While restrictions are in place, below we answer some of your questions about what the updated guidance means for schools and sport.

What is, and is not, allowed under the new restrictions?

Schools have the flexibility to decide how Physical Education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls. More guidance on the system of controls can be found here.

Schools can and should continue offering sports clubs or activities before or after school, in addition to their regular PE lessons, in order to support parents to work, seek work, or to undertake education or training, and for the purposes of respite care for vulnerable children.

All out of school activities which are not being primarily used by parents for these purposes should close for face-to-face provision for the duration of the national restrictions.

Lunchtime clubs and activities are still allowed and encouraged. Each school should make a decision on the viability of this lunchtime provision based on risk assessment.

School activities taking place in local leisure facilities and sports centres can continue if they are part of their normal school provision – or as part of a ‘dual use arrangement’ - and the facility is able to facilitate that.

Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.

What do you mean by extra-curricular activities or 'wraparound care'?

Schools can and should continue to provide PE lessons as well as extra-curricular sports activities for their pupils during the schools day, such as at lunchtime.

Schools should also continue to offer before- and after-school activities or clubs for their pupils where these are in place to help parents keep working, seek work, or to attend education or training. as well as for the purposes of respite care for vulnerable children. This includes activities or clubs not only related to PE and sport but also music, dance and drama.

Most of these clubs or activities already fulfil this 'wraparound care' role and so can continue during the new national measures introduced in England on 5 November.

What about swimming?

Schools can use external swimming pools for lessons where facilities are able to accommodate that in a way that is consistent with the school’s system of controls. "

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Please contact your SGO or Jo Eames, Strategic Manager for further guidance. 

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