Education, School Sport and Club Links strategy are committed to
helping gifted and talented pupils in physical education (PE) reach
their potential, but there is still much to be done to ensure
by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) finds today.
Provision for gifted and talented pupils in physical education,
examines the existing provision for gifted and talented pupils in PE
and school sport and the impact of the government's gifted and
The programme was launched in September 2003 in specialist sports
colleges and schools which form school sport partnerships. It is
dedicated to improving the range and quality of teaching, coaching
and learning for pupils talented in sports in order to raise their
attainment, aspirations, motivation and self-esteem.
Chief inspector of schools, David Bell, said:
'The start of the Olympics highlights how important it is to ensure
that youngsters with a special talent for sport are given every
opportunity to realise their potential through PE and school sport.
'These talented pupils could well be our sporting stars of the
future. PE and school sport can help give them the knowledge,
understanding and skills they need when they make the choice of
playing sport either recreationally or professionally.
'Schools are committed to realising this goal through the
government's gifted and talented programme and this report finds some
pupils are benefiting from this already.'
The report found that schools involved in the programme are enthusiastic about developing provision for talented pupils. However, as the programme is at
different stages in different schools it is too soon to evaluate its
overall impact on pupils' performance, motivation and self-esteem.
Management and leadership of provision for talented pupils are good
or better in just over half of the schools visited and satisfactory
or better in the majority of schools. The majority of schools have
a whole-school coordinator for gifted and talented pupils and a
designated coordinator for PE. Their vision and commitment to
improve provision for all pupils are crucial factors in ensuring that
the needs of talented pupils are addressed. Systems and criteria for
identifying talented pupils are good or better in just over half of
the schools. However, the criteria used by schools to identify
talented pupils are often not as good at identifying pupils with
potential who are underachieving.
Teaching is satisfactory or better in most lessons and good or better
in three-fifths. Schools are increasingly grouping pupils according
to their ability and this is helping teachers to target pupils' needs
more rigorously. Mentoring for talented young people is also
developing in most schools to help talented pupils cope with the
demands of homework, schoolwork and training.
To improve provision for talented pupils, policy makers including the
Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Culture,
Media and Sport, should:
* develop clearer criteria on the generic characteristics of talented
performers to help teachers and coaches identify pupils with
potential or those who are underachieving;
* provide more guidance on how schools should evaluate the impact of
the resources deployed in the programme on improving provision and
pupils' performance, motivation and self-esteem;
* offer guidance on how schools might improve the quality of teaching
to meet the needs of talented pupils.
To improve provision for talented pupils, schools should:
* use clearer criteria to identify talented pupils, particularly
those who have potential or who are underachieving;
* give greater emphasis to the evaluation of provision for gifted and
talented pupils and the impact of funding;
* raise teachers' expectations of talented pupils to ensure that they
pay greater attention to their needs.
1. The report, Provision for gifted and talented pupils in physical
education (HMI 2149) is available here.
2. The report was launched to coincide with The Olympic Games in
3. The gifted and talented programme was launched in September 2003
in School Sport Partnerships. The partnerships consist of specialist
sport colleges and secondary and primary schools working together to
increase the amount of time pupils spend on high quality physical
education and school sport. 142 sports colleges received funding of
up to£2,000 to implement the programme by March 2004, in partnership
with 112 schools.
4. Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) and Additional Inspectors (AI)
visited 39 specialist sports colleges, looking at the provision for
talents pupils in PE and school sport. The report also draws on
additional evidence from HMI visits to School Sport Partnerships and
Ofsted school inspections.