More Scottish schools are providing pupils with at least two hours of physical education (PE) lessons per week in primary school and two periods in S1 to S4, according to figures published today.
The Scottish Government’s target is that by 2014, every primary school pupil will receive at least two hours per week of PE and S1 to S4 pupils will receive two periods of PE.
Data in the Healthy Living survey shows that for 2012, 84 per cent of primary schools were providing two hours of PE per week to all pupils, up from 3 per cent in 2004/05, while 92 per cent of secondary schools were providing two periods across S1 to S4, up from 46 per cent in 2004/05, the last time the survey was carried out.
Sport Minister Shona Robison welcomed the figures, saying: “We want to increase opportunities for children to get involved in sport and physical activity which in turn improves health, educational attainment and life chances.
“PE in school is a crucial long-term investment, as habits formed in childhood and adolescence continue throughout adulthood and pupils who take part in PE can better understand the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.
This will also contribute to encouraging children to have at least 60 minutes activity a day.
“With the Olympics firing sporting passions and the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we also want a tangible and enduring legacy that leaves Scotland healthier.
“We are committed to ensuring the provision of at least two hours per week of PE in primary schools and at least two periods of PE in secondary schools for pupils in S1-S4 by 2014. While we still have some way to go, these statistics demonstrate good progress.
“And we are investing nearly £6m over the next two years to support local authorities with this and who are currently working with sportscotland and Education Scotland to agree delivery plans.”