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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!

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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.

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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”.

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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 hmclaughlin@activesussex.org 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 
healthy.pupils@education.gov.uk

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

March 2019 - Sustrans Big Pedal

Sustrans Big Pedal is back for 2019 and this year will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April.

On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff & parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. Your school’s best five days will determine your final position, but you can log journeys on all ten days.

The challenge is FREE to enter, schools receive free resources & there are daily prizes to be won including bike stunt shows & scooters!

Find out more here

March 2019 - Compulsory Health Education in Schools

From September 2020, pupils of all ages will be taught about health. The subject will focus on promoting the positive link between physical & mental health.

Primary school aged pupils will learn about mental wellbeing, nutrition, the importance of staying active & recognising the early signs of physical illness – ensuring pupils understand how mental & physical health are linked.

To ensure teachers are well-prepared, there will be a £6m budget in 2019/20 for a school support package to cover training & resources.

Find out more here

March 2019 - School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme that was launched in 2012. Its aim is to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school.

The window for School Games Mark applications will open on Wednesday 08 May this year. Schools can now download the criteria for this years awards to ensure they are meeting the new targets.

December 2018 - Confidence Crisis in Primary Girls Stopping Them from Getting Active

The research involved 5,454 boys and girls aged 7 to 11-years-old across England. It shows that even in primary school, almost twice as many girls as boys report that a lack of confidence stops them being active in school.

The Youth Sport Trust survey aims to identify the barriers that prevent primary-aged children from being more active. It builds on the charity’s 2017 Girls Active survey which looked at secondary aged girls’ attitudes towards PE and physical activity and the challenges they face in getting active.

"The Girls Active programme and Stepping Up for Change initiative at our school and feeder primary schools is transforming this experience for girls. We kickstarted it with over 60 Year 7 girls attending the club. The programme has allowed for a smooth transition for students, and a chance to make new friends whilst engaging in physical activity.

"Year 7 students were enquiring about the club during their first few days at Great Marlow based upon the positive experience they had last year through the Stepping Up For Change Initiative that our GLAM leaders had helped to deliver."

The latest research shows a correlation between levels of confidence and levels of physical activity with the least active girls most likely to be affected by lack of confidence. Among less active girls, 32% said confidence was an issue preventing them from being activity.

The study was carried out through the Girls Active programme, which is developed by the charity and delivered in partnership with This Girl Can and Women in Sport. The programme is funded by Sport England through the National Lottery and delivered in over 450 schools.

"We are at a tipping point with the effects of excessive social pressures and it’s time to make change! Kids deserve the best chance possible at a happy and fulfilled life and our duty is to do what we can. I believe by offering wellness and fitness through dance with my well-fit programme and initiatives like Girls Active we can make a difference."

Girls Active consults girls and empowers them to take the lead giving them influence over PE, physical activity and sport, making it more appealing and relevant to their everyday lives. In the past year the programme has expanded into primary schools through Girls Active Stepping Up for Change which sees secondary school-aged girls becoming role models to engage primary school pupils in physical activity. More than 63,000 girls have been reached because of Girls Active.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of YST, said:

"The fact that confidence levels in girls falls considerably behind boys from as young as age seven is deeply concerning. We know that lack of confidence is a major factor in why girls are less active than boys throughout their time at school. The alarming finding of this research is that this gap starts to open at such a young age.

"At a time when young people are struggling with their mental health, stress and growing levels of obesity, it has never been more important to unlock the power of sport and play to help them tackle these challenges and thrive in life.

"Physical activity and sport have a huge part to play in developing young people’s confidence and resilience. But we know that the gap between girls’ and boys’ levels of physical activity only grows as they get older. It is vital that the confidence crisis is tackled in primary schools if we are to give all young people the best start in life.

"The Youth Sport Trust is working with teachers and girls through Girls Active and Stepping Up for Change to address the barriers girls face and support them to influence the PE and sport offer in their school to build confidence and increase all girls’ participation."

Overall, boys at primary school said they are more active than girls with 39% of boys saying they do more than 60 minutes of activity a day, compared with 25% of girls.

Top five reasons primary-aged children say they don’t enjoy physical activity:

  1. I don’t like getting hot and sweaty (Boys 18%, Girls 23%)
  2. I am not confident (Boys 13%, Girls 21%)
  3. I am not good at it (Boys 14%, Girls 20%)
  4. I can’t keep up with my friends (Boys 15%, Girls 18%)
  5. I worry about trying new activities (Boys 12%, Girls 18%)

Through Girls Active Stepping Up For Change, primary and secondary school-aged girls receive training from YST and inspirational athlete mentors. Girls work together at the training and beyond with younger girls being mentored and supported to take positive action in their own schools to improve the physical activity experience for all girls.

Kate Dale, Head of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, said:

"It is incredibly sad that girls as young as seven don’t enjoy PE because they’re not confident, don’t like getting sweaty or worry they’re not good enough – all of which is a fear of judgement, which we’re trying to address through This Girl Can.

"We know that our attitudes to sport are formed when we are children, so helping children have more positive attitudes to getting active will be fundamental to improving the physical and mental health of girls and women for generations. To do this, we need to tackle all the cultural cues that make girls feel that sport isn't for them - from giving them kit they feel comfortable in, to ensuring they have the facilities they need. The whole sport and physical activity sector must work together to let girls and women know that they really do belong."

Heather Smith, Associate Head of Innovation at Women in Sport, said:

"This research shows that a lot of work still needs to be done to make sure girls feel confident in taking part in sport, PE and physical activity in schools. It is vital that we make sure girls receive the right support during this critical stage of their development to prevent a drop out in their teenage years and develop good activity habits for their future."

At a time when primary schools are receiving additional investment to improve their PE offer through the Primary PE and Sport Premium, the YST and its partners are encouraging schools to engage more girls at a younger age by:

Making PE and physical activity relevant to girls’ lives.

  • Empowering girls through involving them in design and delivery of PE and physical activities
  • Developing role models by using girls as positive influencers and advocates with their peer group
  • Placing the development of self-confidence at the heart of PE and physical activity
  • Recognising the power of friends to drive progress
  • Taking a long-term approach to engaging girls.

For more information about Girls Active and the Stepping up for Change initiative which engages primary-aged girls as peer leaders and advocates and uses secondary school-aged girls as role models visit: www.youthsporttrust.org/girls-active

December 2018 - Wellbeing for Schools

Wellbeing for Schools programmes and resources are specifically designed to engage children. They run exciting, affordable, unique and varied programmes for all ages and settings.

They support regular learning practices with additional workshops, resource packs and fun activities to promote the latest health messages as set out by the relevant governing bodies and institutions.

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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.”