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May 2020 - School Swimming Courses and Webinars

To help schools comply with national curriculum requirements, Swim England and the Institute of Swimming have developed a number of interactive courses and webinars that can be accessed from home.

Topics will include: school swimming and water safety, support teacher of school swimming and introduction to a range of strokes. The resources give guidance on training, standards and a summary of core aquatic and safe self-rescue skills.

The Active Sussex primary school swimming FAQs document also offers advice in this area.

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May 2020 - Active Lives Children and Young People Survey

Sport England's Active Lives Survey will run in a slightly different format this Summer term to allow pupils to complete the survey from home. All pupils will be able to participate.

The survey provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity and gives anyone working with children key data to help understand their attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.

Completing the Active Lives Survey is also how schools can attain the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme.

To take part email

May 2020 - School Games Mark Paused

The decision has been made to pause the School Games Mark for this academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, schools will retain their 2019 School Games Mark Award. Platinum schools will retain the status for a further year. Schools that would have been eligible for platinum this year will continue to be eligible in 2021.

Schools may wish to use this time to log in and complete their inclusive health check and high quality competition principles learning tool.

Local School Games Organisers can offer support in their areas.

April 2020 - PE CPD

There is some new and exciting free CPD being made available for PE teachers to complete at home.

*AfPE is producing a series of webinars and podcasts over the coming weeks to continue to support the sector.
*Dr Ash Casey has created a set of online videos on how to introduce Cooperative learning in PE. Watch here.
*Healthy Futures is working with a number of industry experts to offer online courses to those working in Primary PE.

Register here.

April 2020 - Budget Announcement Confirms Funding for Primary PE

The Budget announcement delivered by the Chancellor recently has set out funding commitments to support primary PE teaching and improve the use of school sport facilities, while updating the School Sport and Activity Action Plan.

The Budget document states that: “To ensure that children get an active start in life, the government will bring forward an updated School Sport and Activity Action Plan following the Comprehensive Spending Review. Ahead of that, the Budget provides £29 million a year by 2023-24 to support primary school PE teaching and help schools make best use of their sports facilities. The funding will support high quality teacher training and professional development for PE, informed by best practice PE teaching.”

The Budget also provides £90 million per year from September 2021 to introduce an Arts Premium to help secondary schools provide high quality arts programmes and extracurricular activities for pupils.

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February 2020 - Promoting Walking in Primary Schools

Travelling to education is the most common single purpose of walking journeys but there is huge potential to increase the proportion of children walking to school. A generation ago, 70% of primary school children walked to school but this has dropped to just over half (51%). The government has a target in its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) to have 55% of primary school children walking to school by 2025.

Over the period 2018 to 2019 the Walk to School Outreach (WTSO) project promoted walking in 275 primary schools including 133 new schools. The project is estimated to have encouraged around 10,000 extra children and around 2,500 extra adults to walk to school over this period.

Final evaluation carried out at the end of March 2019 shows that walking rates increased by 38% among new WTSO project schools and increased walking rates were sustained in existing schools in 2018 to 2019. This represents around 4 million new walking trips and 1.3 million fewer school run car journeys in that year with total vehicle miles reducing by around half a million. This will lead to considerable transport, environmental and health benefits, with an estimated benefit-cost ratio of 10.

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February 2020 - New Ofsted Framework

The new school inspection framework is now in place. Active Sussex, in partnership with Yorkshire Sport, have created a guide to ensure your PE curriculum is ready.

The guide, aimed at PE Coordinators, Headteachers & Governors, goes through the sub sections of the framework & suggests actions and questions for improvement in each area.


February 2020 - Super Movers Day

Thursday 19 March 2020 is Super Movers Day! The BBC Super Movers have released a host of new resources to encourage your school & its community to be active. 

A 20 minute active learning programme will be released to kick the day off with new information & resources being released all the time...


February 2020 - Assessment in PE

This day long course will allow participants to understand assessment and make decisions about how it is used in PE to maximise learning  (course overview).

Learn what needs to be assessed in PE, how to recognise improvement, how to use assessment & more.
Location: Beacon Academy, Crowborough
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020


February 2020 - Effective Primary Sport Premium Reporting Workshop

Ensure that your school's Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP) report meets grant conditions & comprehensively evidences the impact of the funding.

Targeted at Headteachers/SLT & PE Coordinators, this FREE workshop will also share examples of good practice & strategies to achieve whole school outcomes. There will be time for participants to start/edit or have their own report checked by the Active Sussex Primary PE & Sport Premium lead.

Location: Blackthorns Primary Academy, Haywards Heath
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020


February 2020 - Teacher of School Swimming Qualification

The Swim England NCTP Support Teacher & Teacher of School Swimming qualification will be running in Sussex in March.

On completion, this blended learning course will qualify school staff to plan & evaluate session plans & teach independently in a school swimming programme. 
Location: K2, Crawley
Date: Monday 30 March 2020
Cost: £65

Please click the link in the blue box below to make a booking or email us if you have access to a pool & would be interested in running a similar qualification

Information and booking

February 2020 - PE & Sport Premium Governor Training Workshop

Did you know: every primary school should have a lead governor to oversee the Primary PE & Sport Premium.

Active Sussex are running a free governor training workshop on Monday 20 January in Chichester.

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February 2020 - New Sport Premium Template

The new Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP) website reporting template has been released for schools to use in 2019/20. 

The template follows on from the refreshed PPSP guidance. Using this template will ensure your school meets all reporting grant conditions.  

Reporting deadline: end of the Summer term or by 31 July 2020 at the latest.

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February 2020 - New School Games Tracking System

We have created a new, exciting tracking system to help schools keep track of pupils' PE, sport & activity levels, including those who have been recognised as least active. 

The tracking system, focusing on pupils in KS2, will also assist with achieving the School Games Mark criteria & is free to any school interested. We have also developed a tracker linked specifically for KS1 pupils & linked to Quality Start.

Request to obtain the tracking system

February 2020 - Sussex Primary School Statistics Revealed

More than half of primary school pupils in Sussex are not meeting the recommended 30 minutes a day of physical activity during school hours the Active Lives Children & Young People Survey has revealed.

The nationwide survey, which is now part of the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme, asks children about how much physical activity they take part in, both in & out of school.

Analyse results

January 2020 - Sport and Play Have Key Role in Building Next Generation of Empathetic Leaders

One hundred thousand students across the UK are projected to take part in ‘Empathy Week’ - a free secondary school resource that will empower a generation of conscious and action-focused youth to tackle society’s toughest challenges.

The week includes five bespoke cinematic stories, deep discussion and creative thinking activities to explore how empathy can create a better world. It provides educators with experiential and collaborative programmes that can translate empathy into action.

It culminates in a nationwide social action project where students, in groups, tackle a social issue in their own communities. To help students start their own social action projects, they will receive an abundance of resources and guidance. Stand-out projects will be entered into the ‘Young Changemaker Awards’, which takes place in June, with the chance for schools to win prestigious awards as well as funding to expand or implement their project in the 2020/21 school year.

Empathy Week is a free resource and includes films, lesson plans, a teacher’s guide and student worksheets. The curriculum is whole-school differentiated into KS3, KS4 and KS5 year groups and is easy for teachers to download and use right away.

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December 2019 - New School Games Tracking System

Active Sussex has created a brand new, exciting tracking system to help schools keep track of their pupils' PE, sport and activity levels, including those who have been recognised as least active.

The tracking system, focusing on pupils in KS2, will also assist with achieving the School Games Mark criteria and is free to any school interested. We have also developed a tracker linked specifically for KS1 pupils and linked to Quality Start.

December 2019 - The Primary School Sports Premium Reporting Template

The new Primary PE and Sport Premium (PPSP) website reporting template has been released for schools to use across the 2019/20 academic year.

The template, commissioned by DfE and created by AfPE and Youth Sport Trust, follows on from the refreshed PPSP guidance. Using this template will ensure schools meet all reporting grant conditions.

Reporting deadline: end of the Summer term or by 31 July 2020 at the latest.

More info

December 2019 - Premier Joins Forces with British Dodgeball

Premier has announced its latest partnership with British Dodgeball, the NGB for Dodgeball in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Dodgeball is one of Premier's most popular activities - it’s a fast and simple game that relies on co-operation and teamworkIf you would like a free taster session, please contact Area Manager Sam Barton

December 2019 - The iMovement

imoves has recently launched The iMovement, free resources for teachers to use with their class every week including: active videos, webinars, resources and other hints and tips to help teachers get their children more active.As a bonus -  schools also get free access to Active Advent, a brand new active blast to use in your classroom every day in December which allows the tracking of progress on a downloadable wall-chart.

Sign up

November 2019 - West Sussex County Council Governor Training

Does your school have a Governor to oversee the Primary PE & Sports Premium (PPSP) spending? OFSTED inspections place the use of this funding under effective leadership and management making it imperative that governors understand how it should be used.

The next FREE PPSP Governor training workshop will be on 26 November in Chichester.  Click to book a place!

Case Study

November 2019 - Sport Values in Every Classroom

The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education has released a toolkit to assist teachers in their work to instill in children the values of respect, equity and inclusion through engaging activities.

The 30 activity cards have been designed to look like a short lesson plan, be simple to use and promote movement – while being easily incorporated into any classroom or curriculum. The resource will also help support pupils' development of the School Games Values.

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November 2019 - Primary School Wellbeing

Two new programmes have been launched to support wellbeing in primary schools.

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. The USA 2020 Challenge: Journey to Wellbeing programme aims to provide wellbeing resources for every participating school and follows Ben Smith's attempt to run a marathon in each of the 50 US state capitals.

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November 2019 - New BBC Supermovers Champions Launched

Super Movers is moving to the next level with the launch of Super Movers Champions, a new fun active learning resource for upper KS2 pupils featuring Sussex's own Carden Primary School.

Pupils get to take on a Super Mission: Active Me, Active Friends or Active Groups. Each Super Mission is supported by a pack of free downloadable resources.

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October 2019 - New Physical Activity Guidelines Issued By Chief Medical Officer

The Chief Medical Officer has updated the physical activity guideline infographics explaining the physical activity needed for general health benefits for all age groups.

Children and young people (5-18) have their own infographic. Why not inform pupils & parents of these guidelines & display them at your school.

October 2019 - Schools To Fly the Flag for Wellbeing With Active Education Programme

A man who ran 401 marathons in 401 days around the UK has partnered up with children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to create an education programme for schools to guide young people on a journey to wellbeing and be part of his next 18,500-mile endurance challenge. The challenge will see Ben Smith run a marathon in each of the 50 USA states and cycle between each one in just 104 days. It is in a bid to raise £1million and awareness of the Youth Sport Trust and the 401 Foundation.

Primary and secondary schools across the UK can now access the USA 2020 Challenge: Journey to Wellbeing education programme giving thousands of young people the opportunity to go on a wellbeing journey aligned to Ben’s own journey across the USA. Along the way, children and young people will be empowered to take a lead in improving wellbeing for themselves, their class, their school and beyond.

The Journey to Wellbeing offers a flexible programme of activities for schools which can be implemented over a week, month, term or across the 2019/20 academic year. The programme focusses on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation and endorsed by charities and the NHS. Children, young people and teachers can help organise activities around the five themes of give back, connect, take notice, learn and get active.

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September 2019- New Report Finds Active Play Helps 2-5 Year Olds Prepare for School

A new initiative from Youth Sport Trust is supporting children to develop a good level of physical literacy, which gives them the foundations and confidence they need for lifelong participation in physical activity.

Find out more here

September 2019- Children’s Charity Creates Toolkit to help Schools Reframe Competition

National children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has launched an interactive toolkit and campaign to support the reframing of competition in school sports, following a successful 12-month pilot delivered through Sport England’s National Lottery investment in the School Games. The toolkit comes at a key time as the Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan is encouraging the sector to build on the recommendations of Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey.

Insight from Active Lives showed that only 17.5% of children are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week, reinforcing a need to look at school sport competition differently. The Government’s new strategy has an overarching ambition that “all sport and physical activity provision for children and young people is designed around the principles of physical literacy, focused on fun and enjoyment, and reaching the least active”.

Learn more here

September 2019- Bike to School Week

A week-long event showcasing the benefits of cycling to school beginning on Monday 23 September.

Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing & health. It's free & there's no need to register.

Let parents know you're taking part, invite them to download the free 'Guide to walking, cycling & scooting to school' & take part in the photo competition.

Find out more here

September 2019- Active Sussex Helps Stanford Infant School

Stanford Infant School requested the support of Active Sussex to help ensure effective spending of their Primary PE & Sport Premium (PPSP).

Take a look at how this support, as well as becoming a Create Development real legacy school, transformed PE for staff & pupils.

View the Case study here

September 2019- Active Primary School of the Year Award

Nominations for the Sussex Sports Awards 2019 are now open! Nominations are now open for the Active Primary School of the Year 2019 at the Sussex Sports Awards, due to take place on Friday 22 November at Hilton Brighton Metropole.

Does your school have what it takes to be the most active in Sussex? Or do you know a school that deserves to be nominated? Do you offer exceptional provision of PE, sport and physical activity? Do you inspire all your pupils to be active for 60 minutes a day? Have you had success with engaging inactive pupils or target groups? Can you evidence the effective & sustainable use of the PE & Sport Premium? 

For more information including the criteria & top tips for nominations click here

Tell your story & nominate your school.

Take a look at the award categories and criteria.

Nominate your School here

September 2019- Active Lives Survey: Children and Young People

Thank you to over one hundred schools & thousands of children who have taken part in the Active Lives Survey so far across Sussex.

The survey is organised by Sport England & supported by the DfE. You can view the results from Sussex herenationally here.

If you agree to take part you will receive £100 of sports equipment & a bespoke report outlining the results for your school. Taking part in the survey will also allow your school to participate in the Government’s Healthy Schools Rating Scheme.

Each term 80 schools in Sussex are randomly selected. Selected schools have already been sent the instructions for this term.

To opt-in to the Survey please Email by 11 October 2019

September 2019- Healthy Schools Rating Scheme has Returned

The Healthy Schools Rating Scheme has returned in the form of a self-assessment tool designed to help schools improve the health & wellbeing of their pupils.

On completion, schools will receive an award for their performance & information on how they might improve their healthy living policies. For further information, contact

This award is currently open to schools who have completed the Active Lives Survey. If you would like to take part in this survey, please contact Henry McLaughlin.

Find out more here

September 2019- New OFSTED Inspection Framework

Active Sussex have worked in partnership with Yorkshire Sport Foundation to offer a guide for schools to ensure they are prepared for the New Inspection Framework in the context of PE, Sport & Physical Activity.

This very handy document can be utilised by school governors, head teachers and PE subject leaders.

For further information visit Active Sussex's 'Preparing for OFSTED' webpage
Download the guide here

September 2019- Active Sussex Training Needs Survey

How can Active Sussex help your school?
Complete Active Sussex's primary school PE, sport & physical activity training needs survey to have your say on the training opportunities they offer. 

As well as receiving your own tailored report, you will also be entered into a prize draw with a chance of winning one of five £200 equipment vouchers & personalised PE jackets!

Take the survey here

September 2019- Primary School PE Specialism Qualifications

The Primary School PE Specialism Qualifications being delivered in Sussex for 2019/20 are the nationally recognised Level 5 & 6 Primary PE Specialism qualifications.

Developed by AfPE & SLUK these bespoke degree-level qualifications will upskill primary colleagues to be able to assist (Level 5) or lead (Level 6) the delivery of high quality primary school PE. Have a look at the case studies we have created with schools who have attended these qualifications:
South Malling CE Primary (Level 5)
Cradle Hill Primary School (Level 6).

Level 5 qualification (info & booking)
Level 6 qualification (info & booking)

Find out more here

June 2019- Maths of the Day renamed Teach Active

Maths of the Day have now launched an Active English resource. The resource provides schools with hundreds of fun, engaging & high-quality activities (with resources) on how to deliver the English curriculum through physical activity.

With the launch of this new resource, the decision has been made to re brand & rename the company. From June, Maths of the Day will be called Teach Active.

Find out more here

May 2019- Youth Sport Trust Premium Toolkit

The YST are producing a series of documents and videos supporting schools to sustain the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

There are some fantastic videos, resources & top tips as well as interviews with school staff that, so far, look at the first two key PPSP indicators.

Look at the Toolkit here

May 2019- Quality Start Applications Now Open

The Quality Start recognition scheme rewards schools specifically for their high quality PE & sport provision for pupils in KS1 &is a great way to demonstrate impact.

Applications opened on 1 May 2019 and will close on Friday 24 May 2019. Can your school achieve this award?

Find out more and apply

May 2019- Go Sketch: Secondary School Transition

The move from primary to secondary school can be a tricky period for young people & is often when activity levels can drop. A bad move can effect friendship groups, damage confidence & impact academic development.

Go Sketch have created a range of fantastic transition programmes combining sport & creativity to help make this period a positive one & provide a brilliant start to life at secondary school. 

If you think this will benefit pupils at your school, please contact Tom Hall for more information.

Find out more here

May 2019- Premium Report

Earlier this year a report into the Primary PE and Sport Premium was produced by the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group). 

The report included some interesting findings along with some key recommendations regarding the future of the premium. 

This report is likely to inform the School Sport Action Plan, due to be released soon, that will set out the Government’s 5 year plan for PE & school sport.

Take a look at the report here

May 2019- New Primary School Swimming Guides

Swim England & the Swim Group have created a resource pack for all those involved in the delivery of curriculum swimming & water safety.

The resource pack provides practical guidance on how to plan, deliver & report on curriculum swimming & water safety.

View the Resource pack here

May 2019- Healthy Eating Week

The BNF Healthy Eating Week is back & will run from 10-14 June. The week is a great way for schools to actively demonstrate their support for the health & wellbeing of their pupils.

Registered schools will receive free resources to help them run a successful week including posters & downloadable guides.

Register your school here

May 2019- Get Children Active During SATs Week

It's test time for year 6 pupils. Did you know, getting children up and moving is a great way for them to get a boost of energy & concentration whilst also reducing stress?

Super Movers have compiled a range of song and dance routines covering some of the key areas of Maths & English so children can get active whilst recapping what they learnt in KS2!

View the videos here

May 2019- Women's World Cup

The Youth Sport Trust (YST) in partnership with The FA has made it possible for schools in England to access free resources & lesson planning with a female football focus to mark the Women's World Cup beginning in June this year.   

The resources support the delivery of five weeks of activity in schools in the build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Access these resources here

May 2019- Children's Attitudes Towards Sport and Physical Activity

Schools from across the country have been invited to participate in the Active Lives Survey. Results concerning attitudes have so far shown that:

  1. Physically literate children do twice as much activity.
  2. Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity levels.
  3. Children who have all elements of physically literacy report higher levels of happiness.
  4. Physical literacy decreases with age.
  5. There are inequalities among certain groups of children.

For more information on the Active Lives Survey or to take part with your school contact Active Sussex's Henry McLaughlin. Schools completing the survey receive detailed information on pupils at their school.

Read the Report here

May 2019- School Games Mark

The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school.
The window for School Games Mark applications will open on Wednesday 8 May this year and close on Friday 9 August.Schools can now download the criteria for this years awards to ensure they are meeting the new targets.

View the Criteria