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Physical Education


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires pupils to participate in physical activity with the understanding of its importance towards and healthy lifestyle. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to perform in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.
  • Develop leadership qualities.


Through KS3 PE Pupils are taught a broad range of sports focusing on the development of skills, techniques, strategies and tactics. Opportunities for participation in competitive sport occur during lesson time and through the addition curriculum time allocated after school. Pupils are assessed on each sport out of 25. Up to 10 marks are awarded for skill development in isolation and 15 marks for application of skills in competitive situations.

Further to this, pupils are assessed using a KAL (Knowledge, Awareness and Leadership) assessment format.  These are graded alongside the GCSE 1-9 grading system and cover a wide range of content to allow all pupils, regardless of ability, to achieve progress in Physical Education. Knowledge covers the theoretical content of PE. This is the anatomy and physiology that is a key requirement for pupils who go on to study GCSE PE. Awareness is related to performance in PE, work ethic and working with other pupils to achieve success. Leadership focuses on developing skills required to lead others. Through assessment pupils will achieve a KAL grade and a grade for each sport that they are taught.

The curriculum sequencing document shows the topics taught and links to other curriculum areas.