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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 11:55 GMT
PE report sounds warning
kids playing hockey
The report found areas with room for improvement
School inspectors have warned some Scottish primary schools are showing signs of weakness over the provision of physical education.

A report from HM Inspectorate of Education said teachers need to improve their assessment of children┐s' performance "significantly" and to give pupils better feedback.

Although the quality of learning and teaching is generally rated as good, only a third of schools had "very good" PE programmes.

Those in the "very good" category often ensured a minimum of two 40-minute PE sessions a week.

boys playing rugby
The report was based on studies of 40 schools

The report said they also provided balanced programmes including games, sports and gymnastics, with head teachers and staff playing key roles.

The research was based on 40 primary schools in 18 education authorities.

It highlighted a need to raise expectations of what pupils could achieve, and to assess achievements against national standards.

And 60% of schools visited had "important weaknesses" in assessing pupils' work, said the report, which urges education authorities to consider the issues arising from the findings.

HM senior chief inspector Douglas Osler said: "This report shows evidence of good practice in PE in some schools but there is much still to be done to raise standards and broaden pupils' experience."

See also:

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