There is ongoing debate as to whether having PE lessons within schools should be compulsory until the age of 18, rather than taking all compulsory sport out of timetables after students have completed their GCSE’s. Schools are required included 2 hours of PE a week within every timetable for all students under the age of 16, why should this change once students reach 6th form?

Playing sport and attending regular PE promotes a healthy lifestyle. For some students playing sport within school could be their only form of exercise throughout the week, as they may not attend any extra curriculum activities outside of school.

It offers students time outside of the classroom environment. Physical activity has been proven to help the brain function better and help student focus more in lessons afterwards. Regular exercise has also shown that it can reduce stress levels and improve both students’ psychological and physical states. Allowing children to express themselves and take their frustration out in a healthy environment while lowering their levels of stress and anxiety.

Playing sport regularly will allow students to exercise their competitive sides and learn to self motivate themselves and their peers. Intrinsic motivation and extrinsic rewards also provides positive reinforcement which has been shown to help maintain a positive attitude whilst learning new skills (Keller, 1987)

There will always be the students who will do anything not to attend a PE lesson and would much rather be in a classroom attending a normal lesson rather than being in a PE lesson. This could be because sport may not come naturally to them or they see no benefit to having a PE lesson on a regular basis. However, playing sport and allowing students to have the option to exercise could be vital for them to be able to focus throughout the day. Not all students can keep focused constantly throughout the day. Because all students are different, a school’s curriculum should be diverse. A good curriculum must be well rounded and it must encompass all subject matters and benefit all students.

If schools were to make attending PE lessons compulsory until students year 13 it would mean they were catering to all students needs. Students may see this as a waste of their time when they could be using the time in school to study or complete coursework. We should remember that working within a classroom constantly with no breaks or difference in settings doesn’t benefit all students. Completing A Levels is the most stressful part of school life and playing sport and not being within a classroom for a few hours a week could benefit students a lot more than they would think.

Playing sport within school should be compulsory for all students up until the age of 18. It is important to remember than not all students can keep their focus and motivation all day everyday and attending PE lesson can help improve this. Playing sport within schools not only benefits student health and fitness but it can also improve their teamwork and communication skills; you must be able to learn life skills outside of the classroom that can benefit you inside it in order to excel.


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