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: 5th December 2019

Local News

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School Games Has Got Talent - Deadline for winter festival applications fast approaching!

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

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

Updated Primary PE and Sport Premium Website Reporting Template

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUST publish, on their website, information about their effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.

Following on from the refreshed Primary PE and Sport Premium guidance published by the Department for Education, one of the changes is to the date when schools must report on their spend by. We would also like to remind schools that the reporting deadline is by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2020 at the latest.

Schools must publish the amount of Primary PE and Sport Premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity, participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools must also provide swimming data in relation to their year 6 cohort in 2019/20.

To view and download the updated reporting template please click here

An open letter to all political party leaders
Read the open letter addressed to leaders of all the main UK political parties. The letter calls for investment in teacher training and school sport facilities among ensuring every young person enjoys 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day.

To view the 'open letter' please click here

New study finds children become less active each year of primary school
A new study from the University of Bristol has revealed a dramatic drop in children’s physical activity levels by the time they finish primary school. Between the ages of six and 11, children lost on average more than an hour of exercise in the week, with an even greater fall on weekends.

Monitoring the behaviour of more than 2,000 children from 57 schools across South West England during primary school, the study found children became 17 minutes less active per week every year.

Children wore an accelerometer for five days, including two weekend days, which provided an accurate assessment of how many minutes per day the children participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) – enough to get them slightly out of breath and sweaty. 

The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend that children do an hour of MVPA every day. 

This study, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in the International Journal of Obesity, found 61 per cent of children in Year 1 did at least an hour of MVPA per day, but by Year 6, only 41 per cent achieved the target. The drop was particularly steep for girls, who fell from 54 to 28 per cent by the time they finished primary school. 

For further information about the study please click here  

Swim England releases updated guidance to help support primary schools
Swim England has published refreshed guidance to help support primary schools deliver on the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

The easier-to-read guidance has been produced in conjunction with the Department for Education.

To view the guidance please click here 

Brand new, FREE resources for secondary school teachers
Chance to Shine has launched a range of free teaching resources for secondary schools, funded by Sport England, which are available to download from its Schools’ Portal.

Following the success of its primary school resources and a demand from secondary schools, Chance to Shine teamed up once again with the Youth Sport Trust to develop 70 brand new resources for both the classroom and playground.

The Key Stage 3 ‘Play’ resource features six sessions and 15 innovative cricket activities covering core batting, bowling and fielding skills; each with videos, diagrams and step-by-step instructions to make it simple for teachers to pick up and use with their students.

Youth Sport Trust helped Chance to Shine devise a series of accessible, cricket-themed Maths, English and PE lesson plans, all linked to the National Curriculum, to help engage even the most reluctant students from Key Stages 3 and 4.

For further information and to access the resources please click here

Football and cricket come together to launch a new competition – Roar! for Diversity

We have an exciting new resource available on our Schools’ Portal: Roar! for Diversity is a new KS2 PSHE resource, developed in partnership by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Premier League, to teach children why a diverse team is a strong team.

Through the partnership with Premier League Primary Stars and the ECB, we're aiming to demonstrate the positive power of sport and give young people a voice on the topics that matter to them.

The Roar! for Diversity resources inspire pupils to respect and value individual differences and to recognise that diversity within a team helps to make it stronger.

To enter the Roar for diversity competition, pupils need to work together to create an advert to celebrate diversity in teams and show others just how important it is. Pupils’ adverts can be as creative as they like – they may wish to do a poster, a poem, an artwork, a storyboard for a short film or any other idea they choose!

The competition is open from Thursday 21 November 2019 until Friday 14 February 2020.

For further information please click here

Snowsport England's vision is to increase participation in our sport at every level. 

We have created a free, online schools resource to raise awareness of snowsport in schools and for young people! It includes: 

  • Teacher's Notes
  • Curriculum Links
  • Research Activity
  • Design Activity 
  • National Competition to win a FREE ski taster sessions for a class of up to 30!

The resource is aimed at mid primary school - very early secondary school but can be adapted to suit! 

For further information and to access the resources please click here

Young Athlete Grant Scheme – applications open for 2020
The AAA has a fund which is able to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics. Applicants should not be receiving other funding and be eligible to compete for England.

Registered charity 'Athletics for the Young' offer financial help to young athletes and aim to spread their money widely to as many as possible so athletes receiving help elsewhere will not usually be granted an award. The charity are particularly interested in helping genuine hardship cases for promising young athletes. Over recent years, it has been the policy of the Charity to award small grants of the order of £50 to £200. It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel.
Applications close 8 February 2020 and successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April.

For further information and an application form please click here


Job - English Institute of Sport
Head of Learning & Development
Location: Flexible
Terms: Full time - permanent
Closing date: 9 December 2019
View more details

Courses and Events

Teacher of School Swimming Courses: 

This 2 day course is aimed at learners who have limited knowledge and experience of School Swimming and will be delivered using a combination of theory and practical work.

Please click on the courses above to view further information including booking details.

Cooperative learning in physical education or physical activity:

This one-day course (plus online discussions) is designed for primary, secondary, FE and University teachers. Using his 25 years of teaching experience leading expert Dr Ash Casey has developed this course to demonstrate how Cooperative Learning can support the delivery of outstanding PE. The session will ensure that lessons still remain practical for the students, whilst using research-informed practices to the greatest effect to enhance student learning across four domains, physical, cognitive, social and affective learning.

The event is priced at £129 and will take place at Loughborough University on Tuesday 21st January 2020. It will run from 10am - 4pm.

For further information and to book please click here

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