Recommendations to improve PE in schools

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood has created a report, making several recommendations for the Government to reflect the work required to ensure that the vital importance of Physical Education (PE) is realised.

The report states that for far too long, PE has been regarded as the ‘Cinderella subject’ of the curriculum and is often diluted by education and policy systems. Key recommendations in the report centre around improving training for teachers, recognising and sharing good practice, curriculum development and an emphasis on the importance of physical activity from birth.

Key recommendations

  • Identify national and international examples of best practice to inform the national curriculum content and to produce a ‘National Directory of What Works in PE’.
  • Align the PE curricula between the four home nations and ensure the role of PE is recognised and developed within the health and wellbeing context of the curriculum.
  • Incorporate opportunities for training to enhance workforce skills by its inclusion in initial teacher training, CPD opportunities and improved placements for post graduate students.
  • Recommendations for the early years include new quality guidelines and Ofsted inspection requirements for physical development and physical activity, training opportunities for the early years workforce and a designated physical development/physical activity co-ordinator in every setting.

DOWNLOAD: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood: Physical Education

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Barrett twins lead Chesterfield successes at 2016 DSSA Sports Awards

Sisters Alicia Barrett and Ella Barrett headed the list of success for the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership at the 2016 DSSA Sports Awards, held at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium.

The two Chesterfield AC athletes, from St Mary’s High School, were highly commended in the Sportsperson of the Year category after exceptional seasons.

The same honour was bestowed on the Silver Young Ambassadors from The Outwood Academy, Newbold in the Secondary School Young Leader of the Year section.

The evening was supported by DSSA partners the University of Derby, represented by Vice-Chancellor Kath Mitchell, who said: “We feel that the link between us at the university and the DSSA is very important in helping to develop sport across the county.

“What we have seen in the award ceremony is that we have so many people, particularly in their schools, committed to supporting sport. We’re hoping to work together even more closely in the future so we can deliver an even better service to our communities.”

The event opened with a performance from the Tintwistle Primary School Cheerleaders and also included interviews with Alfreton’s Chris Cohen CBE, who talked about his officiating at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Swadlincote swimmer Lewis White, who won a Paralympic bronze medal aged 16.


Full list of category winners and those highly commended

Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Lewis White (swimming), The Pingle School.

Highly commended: Alicia Barrett (athletics), St Mary’s High School; Ella Barrett (athletics), St Mary’s High School; Gareth Griffiths (hockey), The Long Eaton School; Daniel Wellbourn Hesp (sailing), Anthony Gell School.

Primary School Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Charlie Ward (golf), Rosliston Primary School.

Highly commended: Grace Longden (cycling), Buxworth Primary School; Archie Qualtrough (golf), Hayfield Primary School; Lucy Vernon (table tennis), Springfield Junior School.

Individual Achievement – Non-School Sport

Winner: Adam Morewood (bike trials), Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Highly commended: Ben Burley (skiing), Hope Valley College; Lewis Richardson (kickboxing), The William Allitt School; Hollie Smith (archery), Heanor Gate Science College; Jaime-Leigh Whitaker (judo), St Philip Howard Voluntary Academy.

Disability Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Freya Barry (tennis), St John Houghton Catholic Academy.

Highly commended: Henry Bowe (football/futsal), Allestree Woodlands School; Abbie Breakwell (wheelchair tennis), The Long Eaton School; Billy-Lee Dixon (football), Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Primary School Team of the Year

Winners: Hilton Primary School Football Team.

Highly commended: Oakwood Junior School High 5 Netball Team; Tintwistle Primary School ‘Ignite’ Cheerleading Team.

Secondary School Team of the Year

Winners: Canoeing C2 (Pairs) team Ben Haylett and Finn Reilly-McQueen, Friesland School.

Highly commended: The Long Eaton School Girls U14 Intermediate Trampolining Team; Tupton Hall School U13 Girls Football Team; Lady Manners School Equestrian Team.

Disability Team Award

Winners: Wilsthorpe School Boccia team.
Highly commended: Mapperley Primary School Boccia Team.

Primary School Young Leader of the Year

Winner: Flinn Jones, St Andrews Primary School (Dronfield).

Highly commended: The Ladywood Primary School This Girl Can Ambassadors.

Young Leader of the Year – Disability

Winner: Andrew Hitchcock, Highfields School.

Highly commended: Sarah Lane, Highfields School.

Secondary School Young Leader of the Year

Winner: Annabel MacGregor, Highfields School.

Highly commended: The Outwood Academy, Newbold Silver Young Ambassadors; Grace Pickford, Highfields School.

Adult Volunteer Award

Winner: Sue Crookes, Tintwistle Primary School.

Highly commended: Chris Peach, Parkside Junior School.

Media and Arts Contribution to School Sport

Highly commended: The Anthony Gell School Year 10 BTEC Dance Group;

Charlie Rutter, Ravensdale Junior School.

Service to School Sport

Winner: Barry Parker, DSSA athletics.

Derbyshire School Games Championships Champions

Primary and Small School: Osmaston CofE (VC) Primary School (Rural Derbyshire SSP).

Secondary School: Lady Manners School (Rural Derbyshire SSP).

Competition Plus: The Pingle School (South Derbyshire SSP).

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Derbyshire-born Sophie Baggaley inspired over 70 young girls

The England Women’s U20s Goalkeeper visited the Year 3 & 4 children at a Girls’ Football Week event at Outwood Academy Newbold on Thursday 13th October.

Five schools brought a total of 72 girls to the festival which started with a question and answer session with Sophie before moving into FA Skills drills and ending with mini-matches.

Sophie said: “Girls’ Football Week is very important in promoting the game and demonstrating how far it has developed already. Hopefully the popularity of events such as this can help it to grow further.

“When I was little we had to play with the boys if we wanted to play and not many girls were interested. Here you can see 72 girls playing and having fun, showing just how far the female game is progressing.”

“The pathway is there if girls want to play football and progress through the levels. I’d encourage girls to get involved at their local centres and anything can happen from there if you want to go and do it.”

The event, organised by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and Derbyshire County FA, was designed to introduce girls aged 7-9 to football in a fun and friendly environment, harnessing the power of Girls’ Football Week.

Molly, playing in her first football festival, said: “It’s so good. I’ve enjoyed playing in the games and taking shots at Sophie!”

Angie Harper, Football Development Officer (Women, Girls and Inclusion) at the Derbyshire County FA, said: “It was great to see so many young girls playing football, many for the first time in a fun, safe environment. Having Sophie down was excellent for the girls to meet a female footballer and learn more about the women’s professional game. We would like to thank Sophie for attending the event and inspiring the girls during Girls Football Week. We look forward to the next one!”

Girls’ Football Week has yet again been a major success both in Derbyshire and nationally. Derbyshire County FA have supported eight events, engaging 361 girls, contributing to over 18,000 female players getting involved across the UK during the week.

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Engaging young girls in team sports

The Youth Sport Trust has announced a new partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball to launch TeamUp – a new campaign to encourage young girls to engage with team sport.

TeamUp aims to capitalise on the momentum gained by three home World Cups to build a fan base for women’s team sport to encourage girls age 7-13 years to take part in sport. T

The campaign aims to:

  • ensure 150,000 girls aged 7-13 have more access to team sport
  • get over 5,000 participating school each year
  • get schools to increase their offer of cricket, hockey and netball with at least 60% providing opportunities for all three sports.

In addition training resources and toolkits have been developed for teachers and participating schools will be in with a chance of winning rewards.

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For more information about TeamUp or to register your school visit:  Pledge your support with #WhyITeamUp @teamupengland.

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Early Racers Event - Queens Park Sports Centre 10.2.16

PE & Sport Premium, Evidencing the Impact – Guidance & Template

Newly updated template to support schools with the reporting of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUSTpublish, on their website by 4th April 2017, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

Schools should publish the amount of premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets
  • Teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study – including those specified for swimming

The Primary PE and Sport Premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Department for Education commissioned afPE and the YST to create a national template which has been updated to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.

You can find tools to help you measure and report on the impact of your spend by clicking HERE.

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Active Chesterfield Sports Awards, Winding Wheel  29.9.16

Chesterfield Celebrates Sporting Success

On Thursday 29th September, over 200 local athletes, mentors and school pupils came to the Winding Wheel for the much anticipated 2016 Active Chesterfield Sports Awards. In association with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership combined community sports awards with those for schools and school teams that have excelled over the past year.  Continue reading

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Pokémon Go: a parent’s guide

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go

Well – what happened in the summer? Not only did this craze make Pokémon go but it appeared to make an awful lot of children (and adults) sit still less! However, I imagine we all heard the selection of news reports telling us how certain over-keen Pokémon trainers found themselves in a few risky situations. So if you missed this phenomenon (buried in books all summer or buried in sand!), you can bring yourself up to date, and at the same time brush up on some safety tips to pass on to students to keep them safe whilst throwing their Poké balls and filling their Pokédex, it can be found below.


Please follow the link to Here, we’ll take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.

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Our Healthy Year – new Change4Life initiative

Public Health England has published a new Change4Life initiative, Our Healthy Year. The initiative is designed to encourage schools to build healthy habits in children during the school years in which they are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Our Healthy Year aims to help schools to run a year of fun, healthy curriculum-linked activity and, in doing so, support parents who are looking for ideas to help live healthier lives.

More than 16,000 primary schools across England will receive the Change4Life Our Healthy Year Reception and Year 6 teaching toolkits this term. The toolkits will include curriculum-linked activity ideas, a classroom poster, stickers and inspiration for whole-school activities. Supporting resources will be available to download from the Change4Life School Zone online, including take-home activities for children and parents, as well as resources for school nurses.

There are a range of curriculum-linked resources for teachers to choose from, including healthy phonics activity cards to help Reception pupils learn about different types of fruits while grasping initial sounds, letters and blends. There are also plenty of Our Healthy Year challenges to inspire pupils and parents to continue healthy activity at home.

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