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

Last updated 10 March 2021

National Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February 2021, outlining the roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, from 8 March all children and students will return to face to face education in schools and colleges.

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 4 March 2021)
Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 23 February 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 22 February 2021)
Working Safely during Covid 19 – Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities (updated 10 February 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 8 March 2021)

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Guidance for accessing green spaces (updated 8 March 2021)

Swimming Guidance from Swim England
Returning to the pool – School Swimming (updated 4 March 2021)
Additional guidance for clubs, water polo, operators, community swimming, swimming lessons and users can be downloaded here

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 24 February 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 February 2021)