Covid-19 Guidance

For the most up to date government guidance on Covid-19, AfPE, YST and NGB & Return to Play frameworks.

Please find below up to date guidance and advice for schools and school staff on COVID-19 safe Physical Education and School Sport from national partners including the Association of Physical Education (AfPE) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST).

This page will be updated regularly with up-to-date guidance as and when it is released. Please feel free to share any best practice with us so that we can share with the wider network via this page.

Latest guidance on PE in schools

The Department for Education has confirmed that from 2nd December 2020, the previous guidance for schools will come back into force. Access it HERE.

Please note, a new sentence has been added to the guidance, highlighted below (in bold and italics), to help clarify the role of team sport activities in PE.

Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls.

In considering what team sports can be offered, those whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government's guidance on team sport and been approved by the government are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports on the list available at return to recreational team sport framework (see section below entitled NGB Guidance / Return to play framework).

Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.

Schools can hold PE lessons indoors, including those that involve activities related to team sports, for example practicing specific techniques, within their own system of controls. For sport provision, outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible) distancing between pupils and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene. This is particularly important in a sports setting because of the way in which people breathe during exercise. External facilities can also be used in line with government guidance for the use of, and travel to and from, those facilities.

Schools should refer to the following guidance:

  • guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation and guidance from Sport England for grassroot sport (see section below)
  • advice from organisations such as the Association for Physical Education and the Youth Sport Trust (see section below)
  • guidance from Swim England on school swimming and water safety lessons available at returning to pools guidance documents
  • using changing rooms safely


Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Schools should consider carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures.

AfPE Resources

YST Resources

NGB Guidance & Return to Play Frameworks

In the link below you will find a summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs regarding covid-19, specifically in relation to the re-introduction and return to sport and physical activity in England.

This page will be updated regularly, more regular updates may be available on social media which can be found via the NGB links in the webpage.

Visit London Sport for updated NGB guidance.

Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

Government Guidance - Schools and Childcare

Government advice - Education and Childcare

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