South Ayrshire schools are top of the class for PE

SCHOOLS in South Ayrshire have been revealed as sporting successes having met government targets on PE two years ahead of schedule.

South Ayrshire is one of only four council areas in Scotland whose schools already have a 100 percent record for the required provision of PE after the Scottish Government introduced new targets earlier this year.

The goal of two hours of PE per week in primary schools and two periods a week in secondaries by 2014 was announced in April, after 2010 figures indicated less than 60 percent of schools were dedicating enough of their timetables to physical education.

But figures compiled under this year’s Healthy Living Survey show the number of schools meeting PE targets has increased dramatically since information was last published.

84 percent of primaries and 92 percent of secondaries are now providing PE in line with government guidance - compared to only three percent of primary schools in 2004/5, and representing an increase of nearly 50 percent for secondary schools.

South Ayrshire joined East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and East Ayrshire in the top spot.

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram congratulated the area’s schools on their ‘excellent progress’.

“This is very good news for pupils in South Ayrshire,” he said.

“PE in schools is a crucial long-term investment as habits formed in childhood and adolescence continue throughout adulthood, and pupils who take part in PE can better understand the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Margo Williamson, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Curriculum and Service Improvement, said: “We’re proud to be recognised for our track record in delivering a quality education to pupils in South Ayrshire and we work very hard to make sure all our pupils receive a rounded education.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of Sportscotland, added: “The figures are encouraging and show that significant progress is being made on meeting the PE targets in Scotland’s schools.”