Baroness Sue Campbell at the Ageas Bowl
On 3 March Baroness Sue Campbell CBE visited Hampshire to discuss with Head Teachers the opportunities and challenges facing Physical Education and Sport in our Schools. Sue is one of the countries leading experts in the world of physical education and is without doubt an inspiration to all involved, having lead the campaign to rebuild a world leading system of PE & School Sport following the comprehensive spending review of 2010.
The event took place at the Ageas Bowl and was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the future with Sue and Carol Raymond of the Association for Physical Education (former HMI and Ofsted Inspector) who shared with delegates the Ofsted view on evaluating the effective use of the new primary PE funding. (See presentations)
View the presentations:
Are you starting to plan your Outdoor Activities?
The new PE Curriculum Key stages 1-2 have highlighted that pupils should be taught to “take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team”. Key stages 3-4 extend this to “take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems”. To explore this recent addition to the physical education programmes of study - a whole workshop, at our April 2014 Service Day, has been created by the Hampshire PE & Sport Education Officer. Please do join us Friday 25th April for this and other workshops designed to inspire active learning and give you ideas and outdoor activities to bring back to your students.
More good news from Number 10!
In addition to the additional year of PE funding as described in last months newsletter, David Cameron announced on 6 February 14 that the PE & Sport funding would continue until 2020 should the Conservatives continue in government beyond the next General Election. We wait with baited breath to learn if the other parties offer to at least match this proposal – if so this would enable schools to plan their PE provision and development far more effectively and with a greater degree of certainty - further details...
British Heart Foundation National Centre [BHFNC] evidence briefing February 14
The BHFNC briefing looks at the available research evidence for the benefits of physical activity for the 5 - 18 age group. It paints a picture of how active children and young people across the UK currently and looks at factors affecting participation and the effectiveness of interventions that are designed to increase physical activity.
•Physical activity can improve the physiological and psychological health of children and young people.
•Using self-report measures, most children in England and many children in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not achieve recommended physical activity levels.
•Participation in physical activity decreases in adolescence, but levels remain higher in boys than girls.
•A complex range of individual, family, social and environmental factors influence participation in physical activity by children and young people.
•The most successful interventions with children and young people aged 5-18 years have been multi-component approaches. They include modifications to school culture and environment and also family and community involvement.
•Evidence-based action is required at school, community and family levels to increase physical activity and to reduce prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour among children and young people.
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE to visit Hampshire.
On 3 March Baroness Sue Campbell is coming to Hampshire to talk with Head teachers about the opportunities and challenges facing Physical Education and Sport in our Schools. The event is taking place at the Ageas Bowl and is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the future with one of the countries leading experts on PE and Sport.
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Details of the discussions will be posted on our website shortly after the event has taken place.
PE & Sport Premium funding extended for a further year!
Some good New Year cheer from Whitehall for once - Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that the government will continue its £150 million per year of funding for primary PE & school sport into 2015-16. The Government initially promised two years of school sport funding, and the announcement means that it has been secured for a third year. Most primary schools in our area have been active in making use of the funding to provide INSET training for staff, engaging additional technical coaches and teachers from third party organisations, purchasing new and updated equipment, etc. One or two, however, may have been slow off the mark and not yet really got to grips with the funding or what to do with it – we can help you … and do bear in mind that the use of the funding will be subject to OfSTED scrutiny, and schools will need to account for not only what they have used the money for, but be able to demonstrate positive outcomes in terms of PE and Sport within school. OfSTEd expect a Self Evaluation review to have been carried out by the school. There is no proscribed structure for doing so, but OfSTEd have released advice on approaches that schools may use – follow the links to OfSTEd guidance
If you need further advice, guidance or help to get started, or develop further your use of this resource, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Deploying Sports Coaches in School.
As a consequence of the increased funding (noted above), lots of schools are entering into contracts with third party providers of sport and PE activities, bringing in coaches to teach children as part of PPA time, or as after school clubs. Following recent issues both nationally and in Hampshire, schools are advised to take particular care when considering the deployment of such sports coaches, ensuring that they do meet both national and Hampshire requirements in terms of qualifications and experience. For example, a Level 1 coach may be a very engaging young person with bags of enthusiasm, but they have no pastoral or teaching experience, and cannot teach a group of children without a qualified teacher also being present, and should not be used as though they were a fully qualified teacher.
The Outdoor Education, PE and DofE Service offer a Providers Database on our website, which contains vetted PE providers who are checked to make sure they meet all legal, liability and technical requirements for working in your school. Ideally, it would be good practice to choose someone from this list, which would help avoid the occasional issue where unqualified coaches are found to be delivering poor (and sometimes unsafe) lessons, opening the school and HCC up to potential litigation. Choosing from the database protects the school and the children from these problems. If you have any queries about the database, or a provider who is not currently on it, then do contact us
A new Primary Literacy Framework has been produced by the Youth Sport Trust. The framework has been commissioned through a Sport England National Lottery award, and developed in partnership with Sport England, County Sport Partnership Network, Association for Physical Education, sports coach UK and supported by a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport and membership organisations.
The Physical Literacy Framework provides schools with simple, easy to understand guidance on how best to structure PE and sport provision to ensure every opportunity is provided to develop the physical literacy of their pupils.
Physical literacy is the outcome of high quality PE and school sport, it helps primary school children’s development as competent, confident and healthy movers at an early stage. It builds their motivation, confidence, physical competence and understanding of movement, providing them with better grounds to sustain their lifelong participation in physical activity.
The framework will help schools consider what appropriate PE and school sport opportunities they need to offer at each stage of a child’s development, in order to maximise the potential to develop their pupils’ physical literacy.
For more information or to download a copy of the Primary School Physical Literacy Framework.
Young Hampshire sports stars had their outstanding achievements recognised at a special ceremony at Ashburton Hall, Winchester on Thursday 7 November, organised by Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire School Sports Federation.
Young people from schools and colleges across the county were presented with trophies at the annual Michael Austin Harlick awards. The awards evening is in its 24th year.
Michael Austin Harlick, a former Gosport resident, left his entire estate to Hampshire County Council with instructions that it should be used to establish a memorial fund in his name to celebrate the achievements of young people in physical education, recreational and sporting activities across the county.
The Michael Austin Harlick award recognises consistent and outstanding achievement in school sports activities throughout the academic year. Nominations are received from county schools’ sports associations affiliated to the Hampshire Schools’ Sports Federation. The awards were presented by Olivia Breen, Paralympian Medallist from London 2012 – herself a school girl at the time.
The winners represent a variety of sports, from athletics and badminton to taekwondo and trampolining and many are set to be stars of the future.
The Hampshire London 2012 Legacy Award, new this year, was presented to Hannah Bryan who has made a significant contribution to PE and sport through volunteering.
In addition the Michael May Trophy was given to the squash player Kyle Finch, for his most outstanding single performance of the year. The President’s Trophy for outstanding team performance was awarded to the Brockenhurst first XI.
Commenting on the awards Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is exciting to see the wealth of young sports talent here in Hampshire being nurtured in our schools and colleges and being honoured at this awards evening. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the young people and their coaches and supporters that so many of them will be aiming to try and compete for their country at the highest level. It is wonderful to see so many young people involved in such a range of sports and I congratulate all of the winners on their achievements. The County Council is determined to develop sporting opportunities for all young people in its schools.”
There will be a web page completely dedicated to these awards next week, with all the photos taken on the evening and information about these youngsters’ sporting achievements. Watch this space!
Just in case you have missed it on the front page - the NEW PE national curriculum is now available:
Lighting of Olympic flame sparks start of Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay
The lighting marks the symbolic start of the Olympic Torch Relay, which will see the flame cover over 65,000 kilometres and all 83 regions of Russia, as well as travelling to within an hour of an estimated 90 per cent of the Russian population before reaching the Olympic Stadium in Sochi on 7 February for the Opening Ceremony.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, making his first official trip in his capacity as IOC President, delivered a speech in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, IOC member in Greece Lambis Nikolaou, IOC honorary member, King Constantine, Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Kapralos, and a delegation from Russia that included IOC members Vitaly Smirnov, Shamil Tarpischev and Alexander Zhukov, the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, and the CEO of the Organising Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Dmitry Chernyshenko.
“The flame lit today by the Greek sun takes on the responsibility for a peaceful celebration here and now; the torches will carry it into the Olympic future,” said President Bach. “Thus the Olympic Torch Relay will be a messenger for the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect without any form of discrimination. In the coming months, this message will reach and inspire people from all walks of life. The goal and culmination of this journey will be the Olympic Stadium in Sochi. There, the Olympic flame will remind all the athletes, participants and spectators of our Olympic values.”
Using the sun’s rays and a parabolic mirror, the flame was lit by a high priestess at the Temple of Hera. The priestess then used the flame to ignite the torch of the first runner of the Relay, 18-year-old Greek Alpine skier Giannis Antoniou.
The Olympic flame will make a seven-day journey across Greece, travelling through 27 municipalities before arriving in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, on 5 October for the official Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony. On 6 October, the flame will be flown to Moscow, where the Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Ingosstrakh and Russian Railways – will begin its 123-day journey around Russia. About 14,000 torchbearers are expected to carry the torch.
About the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Games will be held from 7 to 23 February 2014. Approximately 2,800 athletes from more than 80 countries will compete in 7 sports, comprising 98 medal events. Approximately 12,000 media personnel and broadcasters will deliver the Games to a global audience in the billions. For further information, please visit the Sochi 2014 website.
New British Heart Foundation guidance on increasing levels of Physical activity in 5 – 11 year old s now available - click on link.
New workshops available via the service website to assist schools with the organisation and supervision of playground activities at breaks and lunchtimes.
SeptemberThe Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 23rd July – 3rd August 2014 - join the challenge now!
The baton containing a goodwill message from the queen will visit 71 nations and territories, containing a third of the world’s population, 2.5 billion people - 190,000 km. 288 days.
The baton arrives back in Scotland in June 2014 and will travel around the host country before making its way to the stadium ready for the opening ceremony on the 23rd July.
Before it goes to Scotland however, the baton will spend time in northern Ireland, Wales and England.
Remember the Get Set Network the education programme for London 2012? The equivalent for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 is Game on Scotland
Are you ready to take the Game on Challenge?Education Select Committee Report on school sport following London 2012
The Education Select Committee has just published the final report of its inquiry into school sport.
The report, entitled 'School sport following London 2012: No more political football', makes a series of recommendations for both schools and Government, designed to ensure the delivery of a lasting legacy for school sport from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Recommends that the Government sets out a plan for the sustained support and development of its school sports policy.
- Recommends that the Government devises a new strategy for school sports that builds on the many strengths of the school sport partnership model.
- Recommends that the Department for Education does more work to make its guidance on the effective use of the primary sport premium as practical and useable as possible.
- Concludes that on its own, the primary sport premium is inadequate.
- Concludes that further action is needed to ensure that the 2012 legacy in schools benefits all children and lasts beyond the two years of the primary sports premium.
- Recommends that further accountability measures are needed to ensure that schools are delivering high quality sport for their pupils.
JulyHampshire Games 2013
Up-and-coming young sports stars from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight lined up in their own sporting competitions on Friday 21 June.
Over 2,000 young people competed in the Hampshire Games, part of the Sainsbury’s School Games initiative, across a range of sports including Athletics, Football, Golf, Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Trampolining, Tri-Golf, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Tennis, Netball, and Gymnastics at the Military Facilities in Aldershot.
In attendance at the Games opening ceremony on Friday 21 were Great Britain Paralympic Athletics bronze medal winner, Olivia Breen, and Olympic diver, Pete Waterfield.
The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including opportunities for disabled youngsters.
The Hampshire Games also provided a Challenge Zone for young people and spectators to try various different activities throughout the day including a climbing wall, Netball shot challenge, Squash, PING Table Tennis, Get into Golf and Be Inspired for Life personal challenge.
Great Britain Paralympian Olivia Breen said:
“It feels great being here for the community. It’s so nice to see so many kids into their sport and London 2012 has really helped inspire that. There is a great atmosphere at the Hampshire Games and I hope that the kids enjoy it and have fun.”
Chair of the Local Organising Committee Anna Dawson, said:
“The Hampshire Games has once again shown that children within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have incredible sporting values and relish the opportunity for competitive sport. The events demonstrated fantastic commitment from everyone involved and we hope that the experience will inspire many of the children to continue to play sport for many years to come.”
The School Games is sponsored by Sainsbury’s and supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, Department for Education and is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England.
For further information about how schools can become involved go to the School Games website.
Latest news on the PE Premium from the DfE
(there's nothing we haven't been telling you!)
Hampshire's latest addition to the 2012 legacy - part of the actual London Games hockey pitch is to be installed at Hordle CE Primary School nr Lymington.
Make the most of the 'PE Premium' - click here!
If you missed the briefings then the presentation and handouts can be found on the Curriculum page. Due to popular demand there are plans for more in the Autumn term!
JunePrimary Head teachers briefings
Two hour briefings are being offered across the county to advise Primary Heads and PE Subject Leaders of the latest developments in PE and School Sport.
Agenda will include:
The Primary Schools PE and Sport Premium; uses of and accountability.
Ofsted Report 2008-12
Deployment of Sports Coaches
All sessions are 3-5pm.
17 June – Runways End
18 June – QE Country Park
20 June – Fleming Park
24 June – Kings School
"Thinking of using the Primary PE & Sport Premium to employ Sports Coaches?"
........for essential guidance, read on…
The use of Adults Supporting Learning in schools (ASLs)and colleges supporting the delivery of physical education and school sport is greatly valued as it both enriches schools' programmes and enables young people to access opportunities not normally available to them.
The number of ASLs working in schools delivering and supporting PE and sport has significantly increased recently, as have the number of commercial organisations offering such services to schools. In order to support schools in making choices about such providers the County Council has developed a data base which contains the information about providers who have submitted their details to us and who meet Hampshire County Council's recommended minimum operating safety standards. It is not a list of recommended providers, schools will still need to exercise their own professional judgements.
The database is regularly updated and providers are welcome to submit their details should they not currently be on the list.
In addition, the County Council publishes full and detailed guidance on all matters relating to Safety in Physical Education, which also contains important information and advice concerning the use of ASLs and their qualifications. The full details are also available on the same link as above, a summary is set out below. This advice and guidance is in line with nationally accepted standards as agreed by the Association for Physical Education, Sport England and Sports CoachUK :
Coaches qualifications are normally graded numerically in ascending order:
• Level 1 coaching qualification - coaches with this level of qualification should at all times work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher
or with a level 2 and above coach and should not work independently with groups or individual young people, whether this be in curricular or extended curricular time.
• Level 2 coaching qualification - coaches with this level of qualification can, once the school or college has satisfied themselves of his/her ability, work independently with groups of young people.
• Level 2 and above coaching qualification - may, with the right experience, support a subject leader in the development of schemes of work. However, the head teacher remains responsible for the quality of learning, pitch, progression and pedagogy.
In the normal way. coaching qualifications are sports specific, therefore as a general rule coaches are not qualified to coach other sports. However, it would be reasonable if a coach with a level 2 sport specific qualification in an invasion game such as football, and who also holds a level 1 in another similar invasion game, that he/she could deliver introductory sessions in the sport for which a level 1 is held. The same principle would apply for striking and net games, but importantly does not apply to activities such as athletics, gymnastics, swimming or other potentially hazardous activities.
Where level 2 coaches in one sport are delivering another sport in which they hold a level 1 qualification, schools are advised that they will need to carry out separate monitoring for this activity, as it must not be assumed that the coach will have the same level of competence as for the level 2 sport. By allowing the level 2 coach to deliver their level 1 sport or activity independently, schools should satisfy themselves that this is appropriate and that the young people under instruction will receive a positive experience.
Importantly whatever level of qualification, all coaches must still be subject to CRB checks and school / colleges are advised to follow the coach approval process as set out in the 'Safety in PE and Sport' guidance [HCC 2012].
MaySpend your sport funding wisely!
On the 16 March the Prime Minister announced the exciting news that the Government is to provide a renewed package of funding for PE and school sport. Through a new 'Sport Premium' the Government is providing £150 million in each of the next two years to support the delivery of PE and sport in primary schools.
The money will go directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.
For 2013/14 and 2014/15 the sport funding will be included in the additional grant for schools (AGS) 2013-14 and 2014-15. AGS is distributed to local authorities in late September or early October each year. The payments will cover the total funding for the academic years 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014 and 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015.
Academies will receive their AGS directly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. To maximise the opportunity, funding should to be used in a way that makes high quality PE and sport sustainable, and embeds both within school life. Possible uses for the funding include:
hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
Schools will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding. Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE within the inspection handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the overall provision offered by the school.
Whilst primary schools will be able to determine what they believe to be the most appropriate use of this funding, it is important to recognise that groups of schools will also be free to 'pool' their Sports Premium funding to ensure the greatest possible impact using new or existing structures.
WE suggest you:
contact your School Games Organiser (SGO)
Hampshire, unlike many areas, was able to retain its structure of School Sport Partnerships [SSP] and schools should contact their SGO in order to discuss opportunities.
use the Hampshire Schools Sports Associations
Hampshire Schools Sports Associations have a long tradition of providing high quality opportunities for the young people of Hampshire with some of the Associations, run largely on a voluntary basis, they continue to offer numerous competitive opportunities and representative pathways. www.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-schools-sports-federation.htm
speak to our Hampshire Leading Teacher
The Outdoor Education, PE & Sport Service, provided by Hampshire Children's Services, has in various previous forms, worked with schools for many years and supports the delivery of off-site activity and educational visits, high-quality outdoor learning, physical education and sport, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As well as Roy Gittens, our full-time PE Education Consultant - we now have Jodie Williams, previously an Advance Skills Teacher. For more information - click on the link.
get to know the Hampshire PE & School Sport Partnership
This group [HPESSP] formed in March 2011 in response to funding changes, from the Hampshire School Sports Partnership & Local Delivery Agency, brings together the many stakeholders involved in the provision of a high quality PESS system. www.hants.gov.uk/hssp It is guided by the Strategic Head teachers group who meet on a termly basis to discuss emerging issues And to give direction and guidance. Physical Education curriculum advice and guidance is provided by Primary and Secondary Curriculum Development Boards. www3.hants.gov.uk/pe_curriculum.htm. The HPESSP co-ordinated the development of the current Hampshire PESS Strategy, 2009 - 12 and will work with partners to continue the Strategy into the future 2013 - 16.
get involved in the Hampshire Games
In response to the 'School Games' Initiative the HPESSP formed a sub group to organise the multi sport Olympic style festival - the Hampshire Games - known as the 'Local Organising Committee' www3.hants.gov.uk/schoolgames.htm Member organisations represented on the HPESSP include all of the above and Inclusive Physical Education Group
make useful connections
Hampshire Colleges [Post 16] Sports Association: www.hcsa.org.uk/
Sport Hampshire & IOW: firstname.lastname@example.org