Welcome to our education update, providing the latest school sport news, funding opportunities, national and local programmes and resources as well as letting you know about courses, events and job vacancies which may be of interest to you. 

Updated: 14th October 2019

Local News

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School Games Has Got Talent

Applications to perform at either the 2019/20 Winter or Summer primary Shropshire Homes School Sport Festivals, as part of School Games opening ceremonies are now being accepted!

For further information including an application form please click here

Celebrating the best uses of the Primary PE and Sport Premium across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

Congratulations to our 2018/19 winners:

  • John Wilkinson Primary School & Nursery in the 'Physical activity and health enhancing initiatives' category
  • Short Wood Primary School in the 'Whole school improvement' category

These awards recognise schools that have innovated and endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.

The application process for 2019/20 is now open!

For further information about the awards including video and written case studies from previous winners please click here

National Policy Updates and News

School Sport & Activity Action Plan

Children will have a greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, whether that be in school, after school or during weekends and holidays, under new Government plans. 

The School Sport and Activity Action Plan, outlined by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Sport Minister Mims Davies and Minister for Public Health, Seema Kennedy, will set out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing. 

To read the full press release please click here

To view the School Sport & Activity Action Plan please click here

Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

The healthy schools rating scheme is a voluntary scheme for schools that recognises and encourages their contribution to supporting pupils’ health and wellbeing.

Schools will be able to determine how well they are promoting healthy eating and physical activity by completing a self-assessment and receiving a rating based on their answers. The self assessment is linked with the Active Lives Children & Young People surveys that are being administered by Active Partnerships on behalf of Sport England.

Schools will receive an award for their performance, and information on how they might improve their healthy living policies.

Schools can use the award to show parents how they have performed.

For further information about the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme please click here

Please contact Harry Cade at Energize if you would like further information about the Active Lives Children & Young People surveys.

Review of GCSE, AS and A level physical education activity lists - Government consultation response. 

This document summarises the responses received and outlines the Government’s response to the consultation.
To download a copy of the report please click here

The PE and Sport Premium: An assessment of primary schools’ spending and reporting

This report presents research commissioned by the Sport and Recreation Alliance that investigated primary schools’ usage of and accountability for ring-fenced funding provided for the PE and Sport Premium (PESP). The research focused on the school year 2017/18 in which overall funding for the PESP was doubled to £320m and new requirements on reporting swimming attainment were put in place.

To download a copy of the report please click here

New physical activity guidelines issued by UK Chief Medical Officers

New advice is also available to encourage good development in babies and children, with the UK Chief Medical Officers recommending lots of ‘tummy time’. As much active play as possible in children under 5 is encouraged, and older children are recommended to be active for an average of 60 minutes a day across the week. 

For further information click here

First 'State of the Nation' report marks World Mental Health Day

More than 4 in 5 children and young people report being happy with their lives, as landmark new report on children’s wellbeing is published.
Friendship, school and a good night’s sleep have all been named as key factors in a young person’s happiness, in the government’s first ever State of the Nation report on children’s mental wellbeing. The State of the Nation report, which collated the responses of more than 7,000 young people aged from 10 to 24, identified trends that reinforce the government’s emphasis on mobilising mental health awareness and support in schools.

For further information please click here

To download a copy of the report please click here

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.

For further information please click here

New app helping parents of talented young athletes

The Youth Sport Trust identified a need to engage parents of talented young athletes and provide them with the tools they need to support young athletes on talent pathways.
Online support, ideas and education is being placed into the pockets of parents and carers through an app. 

For more information click here

The free Performance Parent app can also be downloaded from the app store by searching 'Performance Parent'.

Schools to fly the flag for wellbeing with active education programme

The 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. 

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.

Schools can access the free planning toolkit and fundraising pack by clicking here

Inclusive PE programme heads back to school
Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE Training programme gets a refresh. We’ve added a bunch of new quizzes and free downloadable resources to the programme’s online training platform to support teachers to deliver inclusive PE lessons. The Inclusive PE Training online platform is free to use. 

For further information please click here

AoC Sport continues partnership with Sports Leaders UK

Sports Leaders UK and AoC Sport have agreed to extend their long-term partnership to support colleges to develop students’ employability skills and gain recognised qualifications.

Both organisations are committed to helping every young person realise their potential through the development of life-long leadership skills and behaviours, whilst increasing the number of students volunteering in sport and their local communities.

For further information please click here

Swim England to transform shipping container into portable pool for schools

Swim England has revealed its latest innovative idea to help increase the number of youngsters gaining access to school swimming lessons.

The charity has purchased a shipping container which is to be transformed into a portable swimming pool. A two lane, 10m pool will be created, which will have a deck and built-in filtration and heating unit underneath. It would then be transported to areas across the country where schools have limited access to facilities so more youngsters could be taught how to swim and learn to enjoy the water safely.

The pool is expected to be operational next year and anyone keen to host it should send an expression of interest to: [email protected].


Job - Energize
Active Lives Officer

Location: Shrewsbury
Terms: Full time - fixed term
Closing date: 12pm 1st November
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Job - Herefordshire Football Association
Chief Executive Officer

Location: Hereford
Terms: Full time - permanent
Closing date: 25 October 2019
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Job - Basketball England
Relationship & Co-Ordination Manager (West Midlands & S. West)
Location: West Midlands or South West - one day in Manchester
Terms: Full time -fixed term 12-month contract
Closing date: 9.00 am 18 October 2019
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Courses and Events

To view a list of courses being run by Energize please click onto our training courses page here