AoC Sport launches refreshed national standards for college sport

AoC Sport is delighted to be able to present ‘Towards Outstanding’ – our refreshed national standards for college sport and physical activity.


The document, launched at the AoC Sport in the Curriculum Conference, is a set of national standards and a self-assessment tool to share good practice, demonstrate the value of physical activity and sport to all curriculum areas, and develop and sustain excellent practice in colleges.

This edition has been updated to reflect the 2015 Ofsted Common Inspection Framework and ‘Fit for College, Fit for Work, Fit for Life’, the 2015-2020 national strategy for college sport and physical activity.

Towards Outstanding is set within the context of the current national and political drive towards improving standards across a range of industries and sectors. For further education, this includes:

  • The expectation of continued quality provision despite ongoing austerity measures.
  • Ofsted’s emphasis on quality teaching and learning and focus on learner outcomes within the 2015 Common Inspection Framework.
  • Employer ownership of apprenticeships and the drive to create more high-quality apprenticeships.
  • The need to address gaps identified in higher level skills and the development of robust higher vocational qualifications.

Examples of good practice across a range of colleges are also available to view and will be updated at regular intervals.

Further enquiries about Towards Outstanding can be directed to Colin Huffen (strategic lead – policy) via or on 07464 829431.

Towards Outstanding PDF