Changing for PE Policy

Children wear their PE kit to school on the days that they have curriculum PE lessons – Monday and Friday.

If your child attends an after-school sports club on any other day, they will be expected to attend school in their school uniform and change into appropriate kit after school. Please see below for our guidance:

At Thurton CE Primary School, our younger children (e.g. Reception, Y1 or Y2) will change together with a supervising member of staff to help with any issues or problems. Older children will get changed separately, using available appropriate spaces e.g. an empty classroom or library area. Any supervising staff member is to follow the Department for Education guidance at all times.

Guidance on supervising pupils in changing rooms – Department guidance

The Department for Children, Schools and Families, now the DfE, published guidance on safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people in education settings.

Page 22 of the guidance addresses the issue of supervising changing rooms. It says:

There are occasions where there will be a need for an appropriate level of supervision in order to safeguard young people and/or satisfy health and safety considerations.

This supervision should be appropriate to the needs and age of the young people concerned and sensitive to the potential for embarrassment. 

This means that adults should:

  • Avoid any physical contact when children are in a state of undress
  • Avoid any visually intrusive behaviour
  • Announce their intention of entering changing rooms

This means that adults should not:

  • Change in the same place as children
  • Shower or bathe with children

Assist with any personal care task which a child or young person can undertake by themselves

Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people in education settings, Children England