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Should PE become a core subject?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, May 16, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Schools are cutting back on their physical education provision, but some parents want to see the subject become a compulsory one. Supporters claim that with so many children suffering from poor wellbeing that it is now crucial for pupils to enjoy sports and other physical activity on a regular basis to maintain their fitness levels and improve their mental health. They believe that now is the time to make PE a core subject:

    ‘Almost two in three adults believe that physical education should be a core subject in the national curriculum.

    A poll of 2,071 adults found that 64 per cent thought PE should be equivalent to English, maths and science in the curriculum.

    And 46 per cent said that it was wrong to take secondary pupils out of PE classes for extra tuition in existing core subjects.’

    What do you think? Is it time for PE to become a core subject? Will it benefit pupils to make PE compulsory?

  2. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    I don't like the term 'core subject' but do think that it should be compulsory. Preferably 3 to 5 times per week too.
    phlogiston likes this.
  3. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    PE is already compulsory.

    It is wrong to take students out of any subject to benefit another.

    Yet another issue that is caused by exam, accountability and league table pressures forced upon schools by the government who expect more with less. If they want to stop this ridiculousness then they know what to do, but they won’t. Instead, teachers run around like headless chickens, pulling kids left, right and centre to ensure they don’t fall below their target.

    Sooner or later someone higher up will hopefully ask “What is the point in all of this”.
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Is PE even a subject? Better when it was called 'games'!;):D:eek:
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    It is supposed to be compulsory but tell that to the kids struggling with maths and english in primary school. These kids are often sitting inside being forced to do extra 'catch up,' whilst their classmates are doing PE.
  6. BTBAM85

    BTBAM85 New commenter

    No. We are all getting fatter and sicker and its got nothing to do with p.e. being taught at schools.

    People are miserable and fat and dying of heart disease and we need to forget about schools being the place to solve these societal problems.
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Judging by my local aaghcdemy's SLT academic profile, more like Game of Thrones! All 3 are PE teachers. Hmmm...
    drek, agathamorse and blazer like this.
  8. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    BA0C646E-4851-42E0-941A-8F40018F45CC.jpeg Who’s on the Iron Throne this term?
  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    The Iceman cometh but his train was delayed at Waterloo East, so it’s still down to the three of them...

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