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Education and sport in schools

The National Curriculum details how school Physical Education lessons should be delivered and outlines in its framework what activities should be taught and for how long. Alongside the national curriculum, which has changed drastically over the years, there have also been a number of initiatives introduced to encourage children and young adults to participate more in sport starting in the education setting and school sports. Each initiative shares the same objective of increasing participation rates and encouraging lifelong participation i.e. continuing physical activity into adulthood; each initiative has experienced successes and failures.

There are various bodies involved in planning and implementing initiatives including the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Youth Sports Trust. The most recent initiative to get implemented into school is the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) (formerly the PE School Sport and Club Links Strategy (PESSCL)).