The PE part would be the interactive portion of Health. Kids would go through different exercises while also taking notes on the various effects of different exercises in terms of calories, carbs, effect on muscle growth, and overall effect on the brain and body. They would also learn the risks of injury in various sports alongside the benefits in terms of calories, carbs, muscles, and coordination skills. As the course progresses kids should have more free exercise time to exercise as they choose, and by the end of the course kids should be expected to submit a diet and exercise plan for themselves and explain how their recommendations will be beneficial.
Blood testing for certain signs could be incorporated into the course so the child could use that information in planning their diet and exercise.
After it is graded the child would see a doctor who would review it and then advise them on making changes to it.
This would encourage kids to carry the habits they learn in PE on into the rest of their life, since they will be aware of the benefits. They will also have experience planning out their diet and exercise.
I feel that if you were to remove PE from the compulsory GCSE options, many children would lose their only source of exercise. Some parents don't monitor their child's health and won't make them diet or exercise. I think all students should be made to do the correct amount of exercise per day, to lower the obesity rate. We should also educate students about obesity.
Except for P.E. The most amount of exercise students get for the day is basically short walks. Routine exercise not only burns calories but increases the rate their body burns calories meaning that kids can not only loose excess weight but keep it off easier. It also strengthens muscles including the heart. Not only does it benefit the body but builds social skills like team work. Exercise also helps reduce stress and gives them a break from the tedium of the classroom.
Yes, PE should be a compulsory subject. It teaches children that being active can be fun, and it is healthy. The problem with PE is that kids barely ever learn the correct way to lift weights, eat correctly, or diet. Kids grow up thinking "Just eat less if you want to lose weight!" and that is by no means the case. The objective of PE should be to teach children that you won't get what you want in life easily. It should also teach children not only how to become healthy, but how to maintain that health. Too often kids just run through the motions of playing dodgeball or basketball instead of learning what foods are good and bad for you, how foods should be prepared, and the right kinds of exercises for different kinds of outcomes (weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, definition, conditioning, etc.).
Almost everyone has the memory of being picked last for the team or failing to score a rounder. I personally was always perfectly average at sports, but I noticed that those who were not, especially if they were of a certain size, were highlighted for their inability by the teacher and students alike, and this would easily translate into bullying, whereas academic subjects were buffered by graded classes. For a subject that has no academic worth, and which seems to attract teachers (at least in my school, where I can recall at least 3) who encouraged the "judge the least capable member" approach, PE doesn't need to be a curriculum subject when there is plenty opportunity during break times and after school to pursue physical activity - and with the boom in gym memberships being highly fashionable thanks to instagram models teens so loyally follow, fitness is the in thing now. Giving the subject more gravity than it deserves is also misleading - an A in PE is not equivalent to an A in Maths, Science, even Art, which can all translate into the fundamental skills for a huge range of real world jobs like accounting, medicine, design etc., a passion for fitness remains limited to either professional competition, personal training or perhaps physiotherapy. In addition to all this, the PE kits of secondary schools, which cover everything from gymnastics to football to netball can cost far more than the standard uniform - a huge outgoing for a subject that in the grand scheme of things does not matter.
Having pe as a compulsory subject means students are distracted by the other more important gcse options. Pe is very stressful because it requires a lot of effort and students are forced to pay sports in a subject that they don't even like instead of focusing on the subjects that ead to the job they want :)