What is a PE Assessment?

A PE assessment like any other subject assessment allows you to measure pupil’s progress in skills, knowledge and any other key focus areas. These could include fitness, their personal development and their competitive spirit. Whatever criteria you use it will allow you to track progress and demonstrate the pupils proficiency in the subject.

These areas could also be referred to as Motor Competence, Rules, Strategies and Tactics and Healthy Participation.

Whatever criteria you use it will allow you to track progress and demonstrate the pupils proficiency in the subject.

Why are PE assessments important?

An effective PE assessment allows you to plan and shape the next steps of the pupil’s learning (AFL). It will help track the pupils have retained the skills and knowledge of prior learning in order to move on to other area’s of PE. A good PE assessment will allow teacher’s to provide pupil’s with feedback that can support them in further areas of PE.

PE Assessments and the National Curriculum

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

PE assessment can be used to ensure pupils in KS1 and KS2 are being taught the key aims of:


  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as
  • developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.


  •  use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton,
  • basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

How to embed a PE Assessment tool

Your PE assessment should be used alongside a broad, balanced and high quality PE Curriculum. Using both Formative and Summative assessment from EYFS through KS1 to KS2 will show consistency across school. Additional using notes and evidence of pupils attainment will allow you to track and report on progress.

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