Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, is renewing her call for action as latest figures show a further drop in secondary schools meeting targets for physical education.

The percentage has dropped to 90 per cent, compared to 91 last year and 92 in 2012.

The lowest figure, of just 33 per cent of secondary schools achieving 100 minutes of PE per week, was recorded by East Lothian.

In many local authority areas there is a significant drop between S2 and S3.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

"To see a further drop is a real worry and suggests the Scottish Government has taken its eye off the ball. We need proper facilities and proper coaching so that exercise remains attractive and enjoyable as our young people progress through the school system.

"Given the increasing warnings around diabetes and obesity, and all the talk of creating a national sporting legacy, I strongly urge ministers to look carefully at what can be done to improve performance in S3 and S4. And I would ask East Lothian Council to outline what support they need to enable their schools to do better."


Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living. Page 18 shows percentage of secondary schools meeting PE target by local authority