Last reviewed on 3 October 2019
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Read advice on assessing pupils in PE from the Association for Physical Education. See examples of PE assessment grids from primary and secondary schools.

Assessment principles

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) has published a guide to assessing physical education (PE).  

The guide lists assessment principles under the following headings:

  • Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing
  • Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers
  • Make sure the school is keeping up with best practice and innovation

The guide then sets out how these principles and can be applied to PE, along with practical advice on adopting them.

On page 6 there is advice on measuring progress over time. It suggests ways of recording progress, including:

  • Mobile technology
  • Pupil journals
  • Photographic evidence

Tips on assessing PE

The PE Blog has a post with tips on how schools can assess pupils in PE.

Mirror the assessment of English, maths and science throughout the PE curriculum Use a cross-curricular approach. For example, let pupils complete sample tests that incorporate English,