Below is guidance and support for the workforce delivering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)

Last updated 12 January 2021

National Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote education.

The following information has been published by the DfE:

See below for further guidance


Department for Education (DfE)
What FE Colleges & Providers need to do (updated 12 January 2021)
Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 8 January 2021)
Get help with remote education (published 3 December 2020)

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events (updated 6 January 2021)
Guidance on the phased return of elite sport (updated 21 December 2020)
Working Safely during Covid 19 – Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities (updated 7 January 2021)

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities (updated 5 January 2021)
Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms (updated 6 January 2021)

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Guidance for accessing green spaces (updated 26th December 2020)

Swimming Guidance from Swim England
Returning to the pool – Users (published 15th June 2020)
Returning to the pool- Swimming Lessons (published 15 June 2020)

Youth Sport Trust (YST)
Principles for Teaching PE Covid Response (Published 20 May 2020)
Primary PE Response Ideas
Secondary PE Response Ideas
SEND PE Response Ideas (KS1-4)
PE Covid Teaching Tips

Association for Physical Activity (afPE)
Coronavirus guidance and support (updated 7 January 2021)
Download the COVID-19: Interpreting the Government Guidance in a PESSPA Context (published May 2020)
New afPE FAQs Document: COVID-19 and PESSPA in a School Setting (published June 2020)