Schoolchildren balancing in a PE class

Review of Evidence on the Physiological and Psychological Development of Children


Sport England
PE and School Sport Coventry

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Project team

Dr Stephen Mann, Professor Clare Wood, Professor Michael Duncan, Dr Anna Cunningham, Dr Sarah Domone


UK Active

Duration of project

01/08/2016 - 31/10/2016

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Project overview

In 2015 the UK Government gave Sport England a new remit to support children aged 5-14 years. SE commissioned Duncan, Eyre and colleagues to undertake a review (completed in March 2017) to inform the body’s response to this.

Project objectives

To report, to Sport England, on typical developmental milestones of children in respect to fundamental movement skills (FMS), physical literacy and social and emotional development.

  • As a consequence of our work, Sport England integrated FMS into their approach. As a result from 2017 new questions related to physical literacy were included within the annual ‘Active Lives’ survey, a cross-government decision-making tool collecting data from 96% of English school children in years 1-11.

    Sport England now measures the data received against key performance indicators relating to positive attitudes towards sport, physical literacy, and being active, informing the way Sport England assesses children’s physical development for the Government. 

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