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November 2018 - Youth Sport Trust Welcomes Ofsted's Plans for Inspection Refocus

Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust has responded to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman’s statement on shifting the focus from exam results to a more rounded curriculum.

Ali Oliver said: "The quality of a child’s education should be assessed on more than just test results. The announcement from Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman that future inspections will take a more rounded look at the quality of education in schools is a significant step in the right direction, and one which YST would fully support.

"We would like to see Ofsted’s new inspection framework recognise the essential role that PE, sport and play should have at the core of a broad and balanced curriculum, enhancing children’s health, building character, improving wellbeing and supporting them to fulfil their potential."

November 2018 - Education Secretary Makes a Drive for Competitive School Sport

Responding to Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ Conservative Party Conference Speech announcing a new cross-government School Sport Action Plan, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“It is hugely encouraging that the Secretary of State is so passionate about the importance of school sport and the contribution competition can make to the development of essential character traits such as grit, resilience and responsibility to others, while offering young people the opportunity to find fun, friendship and a sense of belonging. These are beliefs the Youth Sport Trust holds dear.

“Through the School Games - one of the great legacies of London 2012 backed by the government and National Lottery investment - more than two million young people across 21,000 schools get the opportunity to participate in competitive sport every year. The Youth Sport Trust has been privileged to implement this through the endless hard work of the national network of School Games Organisers.

"We welcome this extended commitment by government to help us build on the foundations of this successful programme. This will be great news for young people and warmly welcomed by school leaders.”

“At the Youth Sport Trust we passionately believe in the potential of a more joined up approach to youth sport across government. A cross-department action plan focused on getting more children active, growing competitive sport, and maximising the role sport can play in improving health, developing character, and raising academic achievement will make a real impact tackling some of the big issues facing this generation of young people.

"We congratulate the Secretary of State on such a bold and positive step and look forward to supporting him in realising his ambitions.”

July 2018 - Sussex Primary Schools Training Needs Survey

Active Sussex has set up another training needs survey. The more schools that complete the data, the more detailed the data/insight gained will be. For taking part schools will be entered into a prize draw, with six schools being randomly selected to win a £200 Davies Sport equipment vouchers and a personalised PE jacket for their PE coordinator, the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

The link for the survey is here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PLKY2G5

The deadline for the survey competition is Friday 19th October 2018.

Where there are gaps in provision Active Sussex will look to work with local or national partners to ensure that schools have access to the training and support they need.

June 2018 - Sprite Yoga Opportunities for Schools

Sprite Yoga is offering more exciting projects for schools and particularly for teachers.

It is now able to offer a range of training opportunities across all Key Stages:

  • CPD Twilight Session - Introducing Yoga to Key Stage 1
  • CPD Twilight Session - Introducing Yoga to Key Stage 2
  • CPD Twilight Session - Making Yoga Relevant to Teenagers - for teachers of Key Stage 3 and 4

Each of the above sessions are suitable for class teachers and classroom assistants who have an interest in bringing yoga into their schools and PE teachers who would like to find ways of making yoga fit within the PE Curriculum. Sessions will combine practical work with theory and participants take away a range of resources including ready to use lesson plans and ideas of how to create their own sessions while working safely and within a framework.

If you would be interested in marketing these opportunities to the schools in your region please get in contact to arrange dates/times/venues. There are various approaches which have worked for different regions. Sprite Yoga is happy to co-ordinate all the administration tasks once the course has been agreed and advertised. In this case a fee of £45 is charged per participant with a reduced rate for more than one teacher from the same school. We are happy to explore other models should you wish to organise a set fee and take care of the administration yourselves. If you can take a look at your other events and suggest a couple of dates for early next term Sprite can do the rest to get an appropriate space and put together the advertising and promotional materials.

Sprite is also delighted to be able to offer a more extensive yoga training for Primary Teachers, Classroom Assistants. This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals as a 40hr Vocational Training Certificate in Teaching Yoga in School. Graduates will be able to become YAP affiliate members and hold a certificate to teach yoga within the educational institution in which they are employed. The course will cover both Key Stage 1 and 2. This qualification could be an asset to a teacher's CV as yoga is increasingly being recognised for the benefits it can offer in terms of both the physical and mental health of young people. Schools can use sports premium funding to help their staff access this course.

Web:       spriteyoga.com
Email:     spriteyoga@gmail.com
Phone:    07774 397269

June 2018 - FA Primary Teachers Award on Friday 6th July at Bede’s Senior School

There are a few places left on a FA Primary Teachers Award on Friday 6th July at Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham BN27 3QH.  It starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm and is an accredited qualification for teachers.  To register a place please complete the following: FA Primary Teachers Certificate registration form

Participants will need a FAN to register and secure a place and to obtain one of these they need to follow: https://www.thefa.com/account/signup . Once this is submitted participants are immediately enrolled for the course

March 2018 - Eat Like a Champ Resources

Eat Like A Champ is a free healthy eating education programme aimed at primary school children in year 5. The campaign tackles the growing issue of poor nutrition and obesity through six specially tailored lessons about healthy eating.

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March 2018 - Winter Olympics Resources

To celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics, Snowsport England have launched their PyeongChang to Piste campaign. There are free cross curricular resources for schools to access to introduce pupils to the exhilarating and rewarding world of snowsports.

Free School Resources

March 2018 - Healthy Eating Training

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) have launched an initiative to provide a free, online teaching food in primary school course.The BNF also has a wide range of useful resources to support schools to teach their pupils about food and nutrition

Free Training and Resources

March 2018 - Key Stage 2 Yoga CPD

There are two KS2 Yoga CPD courses being run by Sprite Yoga in Brighton and East Sussex this half term. The courses are a great way to introduce your pupils to yoga and learn activities that are specifically designed to aid physical, mental and emotional development.

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March 2018 - Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief is back! It will take place from the 17th to the 23rd of March. There are lots of ways to get involved and there are free resources to help schools fundraise and to get pupils moving for a fantastic cause!

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March 2018 - Active Learning

In response to the launch of the SuperMovers programme, TES released an article last month titled "How to get kids moving in literacy and numeracy". It discussed the benefits of active learning and how to make your lessons more active.

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March 2018 - Super Movers Videos

The Premier League and BBC have teamed up to get primary school children moving to warm up their brains ready to learn. Super Movers offers teachers fun videos, ideas and incentives to inspire children to be more active throughout their day – all free and available online.

Videos

February 2018 - Promoting Active Lifestyles in Schools

Getting children to be active in schools has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Loughborough University academics Dr Jo Harris and Professor Lorraine Cale have published a new book to assist teachers in making a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

Promoting Active Lifestyles in Schools offers research-informed, evidence-based practices (built on health-related studies from around the world) that will help teachers broaden their physical activity promotion in school-based environments. Through this text, teachers will receive the following:

  • Tried-and-true practical learning activities that help pupils of all ages lead healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Clear explanations of the current thinking and evidence underpinning the practical ideas and activities, helping teachers fully grasp the content and depth of the material.
  • Developmentally appropriate procedures to monitor children’s health, activity and fitness in school, both as individuals and within a cohort (thus helping teachers quantify progress made).
  • Best practices, illustrated through a diverse range of case studies, to help teachers connect with the information and help their pupils apply it in real life.

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February 2018 - Premier League Primary Stars Launch New Motion Capture PE Clips

Premier League Primary Stars has launched brand new motion capture PE clips for all girls and boys aged 5-11 in primary schools across England and Wales.

The motion capture clips were developed with the same motion capture technology used to generate the series of FIFA video games and were developed in conjunction with EA SPORTS, proud supporters of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

With the new learning materials, teachers can take pupils step-by-step through a range of movements, emphasising key learning points for pupils and teachers. The short clips are designed to support the programme’s Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 PE packs.

Premier League Primary Stars provides downloadable lesson plans, activities and video content for Maths, English, PE and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). The programme is currently being used by more than 12,000 schools across England and Wales.

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February 2018 - Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme

High quality football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales, as the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme is opening for applications on Monday 19 February.

Delivered by the Football Foundation and run in partnership with Nike and Kitlocker, the Kit and Equipment scheme enables schools who sign up to the Premier League Primary Stars programme to apply for free football kits and equipment. This gives school kids access to new, Premier League quality football kit, encouraging them to get involved in sport, whilst also giving teachers access to a host of resources applicable to a number of classroom subjects.

Available in a variety of styles and colours, this year’s kit package includes:

  • 14 Nike football shirts and 1 Nike goalkeeper shirt, all numbered, 15 pairs of shorts, 15 pairs of socks and a Nike tracksuit for the teacher.

The equipment package includes:

  • A Nike trolley bag, 12 Nike match balls (mix of size 3 and 4), 16 Nike training bibs, 1 ball carrier, 4 pop-up goals, two sets of throw down floor spots (one marked A-Z and the other 1-30), a set of 9” cones marked 0-9, five large foam dice, 30 bean bags, 8 x 6” training cones, 4 balloon balls and 5 hula hoops.

This year’s application window, open to schools that have not already received resources from the 2017 programme, will run from Monday 19 February to Friday 6 April. Successful applicants will receive their kit / equipment from September 2018.

Schools should visit https://plprimarystars.com/kit-scheme for details of how to apply for the kit and equipment – and how to access the other exciting Premier League Primary Stars resources that are available to them.

February 2018 - Sport, PE and Health Wheel

Active Sussex is pleased to announce that it is formally working with Create Development to bring schools the Active Sussex PE and Sport Premium and Health Assessment Wheel (as seen at meetings, presentations and the recent Active Sussex Conferences). For full information on how the wheel works click here

This tool will help your school demonstrate the impact of primary PE and sport premium funding is having on your children.

Access to your own school’s personalised wheel is £20 and this will include:

*             A full wheel licence for 12 months

*             A two hour Create Development wheel training session where you will be provided with your own login and password

*             Continuous administrative support from Active Sussex with regards to your wheel, including solutions and programmes to help you achieve your outcomes

Active Sussex will be running the above training on (more info on attached pdf):

  • Thursday 22nd of March 4-6pm at The Weald School, Station Rd, Billingshurst RH14 9RY

In preparation for your training please find attached a pdf version of the wheel for you to reflect upon pre workshop.

To book your place on the above training session please email Nick Chellel your school name, the member of staff who will be attending.

If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Nick.

Nick Chellel

School and Community Sports Officer

Active Sussex 

University of Brighton, Sports Centre, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH

T: 01273 644106 M: 07766 894494

E: nchellel@activesussex.org W: www.activesussex.org

Twitter: @activesussex @activechellel Facebook: activesussexcsp

December 2017 - School Swimming Charter

With the new grant conditions around Year 6 swimming attainment targets, many schools are looking for further guidance and support. Why not sign up to Swim England's School Swimming Charter to receive lots of useful information and resources.

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December 2017 - PE and Sport Premium Blogs

The Department of Education has released some teaching blogs demonstrating how some schools have utilized their primary PE and sport premium effectively. More blogs will be released throughout the school year.

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December 2017 - PE, Sport and Health Wheel Now Available Through Active Sussex

Active Sussex is delighted to offer Create Development's exciting online tool to primary schools in Sussex. The tool has been designed to help schools to celebrate & evidence the impact of the primary PE & sport premium. If you wish to access the wheel or want more information please get in contact.

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November 2017 - It's time to swim your best at School Swimathon 2018!

School Swimathon is setting a challenge to pupils across the country to develop their swimming ability and swim further than they have ever swum before.

The Swimathon Foundation and Swim England are helping pupils across the country to 'Swim their Best' for School Swimathon 2018, so register today and challenge your pupils to swim further than ever before whilst improving their technique in the water.

For 2018 we are introducing a delivery fee for School Swimathon materials (including swim caps and achievement badges) to allow us to expand and help more pupils swim their best. Registration and access to online resources remains free; for more information see our FAQs.

Has your school got what it takes to 'Swim their Best'?

Register your School at https://schoolswimathon.org

September 2017 - Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week takes place from 2nd-8th October. The focus of Parents in Sport Week this year continues to be on highlighting the valuable role parents play – and the positive influence they have – in ensuring young people develop to their full potential and enjoy their time playing sport.

Get Involved

September 2017 - UK Active and Imoves Fitness Day

To celebrate National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27th September, UK Active & Imoves have teamed up to celebrate the importance of being active with some brilliant free resources to get your whole school active throughout the day.  Samba in your assembly, get your classrooms active & end with a celebration of activity! Use the #10TEN10 to tweet your event!

Sign Up and Access Free Resources

September 2017 - Primary Sport Premium Doubling

In July the Department of Education confirmed that the Primary PE & Sport Premium will double for 2017-18, this is a straight doubling of the current formula which will allow all schools to be able to deliver further improvements to their PE and sport provision. Updated guidance will be released in October.

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September 2017 - School Games Mark Criteria 2017-18

Following a surprise announcement last week, the School Games Mark Criteria for 2017-18 have been released early. Why not look through now and start planning how you get recognition for your school's hard work in PE and sport!

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