High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: June 2012
Increasing the amount of Physical Education pupils receive in school has been a government priority for a number of years. Increased physical activity can have a positive impact on a pupil's health, educational attainment and life chances.
In 2011, the Scottish Government made a commitment to ensure that by 2014, every pupil will benefit from at least two hours of physical education in primary school and two periods (100 minutes) in S1-S4. In order to monitor progress in meeting this commitment, questions on physical education provision in schools were included in the new healthy living survey. The healthy living survey was conducted in February 2012 and also collects information on school meals. Questions on physical education provision will be included in this survey and results published as part of this publication in June 2013 and 2014.
In 2012, 84 per cent of primary schools were meeting the target of providing at least 120 minutes of PE to all pupils. In the secondary sector, 92 per cent of schools met the target of providing at least 100 minutes of PE to all pupils in S1 to S4.