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Find out the number of PE teaching hours recommended by the DfE's healthy schools rating scheme, and take a look at how much PE other schools teach.

You decide how many hours to teach

There's no required number of hours you need to teach PE for each week, so you can choose. Take your pupils' needs and circumstances into account when deciding how much time to spend on it.

Maintained schools must teach PE as part of the National Curriculum, at both primary and secondary phases.

Academies don't have to follow the National Curriculum, but their curriculum at both primary and secondary phases must be 'broad and balanced', and promote pupils' physical development. 

You can also decide what counts as PE time

There's no statutory guidance on what constitutes a PE lesson, so you can decide what counts towards your PE provision. The DfE told us this.

This means you can include travel time to sports venues (like swimming pools) in PE time, but you don't have to.

The DfE recommends at least 90 minutes per week

The Department for Education's healthy schools rating scheme recognises schools for encouraging healthy lifestyles.

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