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: 18th July 2019 (next update due in September)

Local News

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East Shropshire primary schools take the School Games title

East Shropshire’s primary schools are celebrating after taking area title at the latest Shropshire Homes School Sport Summer Festival.

More than 750 youngsters took part in the day of competition in Shrewsbury, where activities included arrows archery, boccia, cycling, dodgeball, mini tennis, new age kurling, orienteering, rounders, tri-golf, kwik cricket, and sportshall athletics.

A total of 63 different schools took part in the event, part of School Games, which was the culmination of months of competition for students who competed against neighbouring schools to reach the county finals.

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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.

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More active girls have better wellbeing, new data finds

A new report has found that physically active girls are happier and more resilient than those who are not physically active. The findings which include responses from more than 25,700 primary and secondary aged children across a two-year period have been revealed by the Youth Sport Trust.

More active girls showed higher levels of the qualities associated with wellbeing which are self-belief, confidence, resilience, happiness and empathy. The largest difference was seen in girls’ resilience. Over three quarters (77%) of more active girls said they were resilient compared to under half (46%) of less active girls.

To view the full report please click here

Tackling a lack of awareness

Only 17.5% of young people are engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the 60 minutes every day recommended by the Chief Medical Officer, according to Sport England’s most recent Active Lives survey.

Today, new research carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust, reveals that 68% of UK adults either believe the target is less than 60 minutes or do not know. The research was based on an online sample of 2,071 UK adults. It found that:

  • Almost half (49%) thought children and young people should engage in less than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day
  • Only one in four (25%) correctly said 60 minutes
  • The average, amongst UK adults who were able to give an answer, was 46 minutes.

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Rise in children using sports prosthetics in PE sees charity develop guidance for schools

New guidance has been developed by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and limb impairment charity LimbPower to support more children to get active and enjoy sport. This comes on the back of a £1.5million investment from the Government in 2016 to improve access to activity and sport prosthetics for children.

With the money now being rolled out to support young people, the charities have worked in partnership with schools, young people and their families to develop practical advice and tips.

The partnership has seen the development of a new module within the Youth Sport Trust’s current e-learning platform, TOP Sportsability.

For more information on how schools can access the free resources visit www.youthsporttrust.org/top-sportsability

New YST Secondary Schools CPD sessions

This CPD session will give you the opportunity to work with the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Physical Education colleagues from a range of schools as we explore together the changing landscape in education.

The sessions will investigate the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and the crucial role that Physical Education plays in whole school improvement. We will also be showcasing the YST National Curriculum Blueprint for Physical Education - what this means for curriculum intent and implementation, as well as how to design and deliver impactful enrichment and competition for all young people.


£50 +VAT per head for non-members OR £45 +VAT per head for YST members


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Physical activity helps children to deal with life’s challenges

A new survey from Change4Life and Disney UK has found that less than half of parents are aware that physical activity can build children’s self-confidence (49%), reduce anxiety (47%) and improve their self-esteem (46%). Just 16% (1 in 6) think that physical activity can help children develop attributes which make it easier to cope with life’s little set-backs.

Evidence shows that children and young people who are more active have more confidence, higher self-esteem, less anxiety and stress and better social skills – attributes that can help them deal with the challenges they face in daily life. Positive attitudes towards physical activity have also been associated with children being happier.

To read the full report please click here

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Change4Life: Summer Campaign Resources - 10 Minute Shake Up 2019

Public Health England (PHE) and Disney UK, with support from Sport England, have launched a national Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up campaign to help get the nation’s children active.

Building on five successful years, the 10 Minute Shake Up (10MSU) is back. It aims to get primary school aged children more active by playing Disney-themed 10 Minute Shake Up games. This year children will be inspired by their favorite characters and stories from Disney and Pixar and Disney: Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2, Frozen and The Lion King. By playing 10MSU games, children will develop and practice the skills they need to build key physical attributes of strength, stamina and agility. Ultimately, the campaign aims to act as an inspiration and gateway to other physical activities and sports.

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New website provides practical ideas to help ensure children are physically ready to start school

A team of Loughborough University academics have launched a new website that provides practical tips to help early year practitioners and parents feel confident in delivering physical development opportunities to children.

Physical development involves developing control of muscles and physical coordination and it is the primary function in all other life skills. It enables children to complete simple tasks such as sitting still, holding a pencil, putting on shoes and reading – all skills essential for school.

To view the full article please click here

To view the Early Movers website please click here

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Ofsted chief: pupils’ wellbeing at risk as sport is squeezed out of schools

Top inspector says that physical education must play a full part in the curriculum.

The Ofsted chief inspector has called on the government to do more to increase sport in schools amid growing concern that physical education is being squeezed out of the curriculum as a result of funding cuts and excessive focus on exam results.

Amanda Spielman told the Observer it was essential that ministers and school leaders acted to show they understood what should be obvious – that sport and exercise for young people were vital parts of a full and balanced education.

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Tackling physical inactivity and loneliness among students in one big step

A charity has launched an innovative way to tackle loneliness in young adults.
Living Streets has created Next Steps to University – a package aimed at encouraging and enabling university students, particularly freshers, to walk more.

Research suggests that a huge 40 per cent of 16-24 year olds feel lonely – the highest figure of any age group (this is compared with 27% of over 65s). Students transitioning from secondary school to university are experiencing huge changes as they adapt to these challenges and develop new habits, often moving to new towns or cities. 95% of higher education institutions have reported increase in demand for counselling services (Education Policy Institute, 2018).

To find out how your university can run the Next Steps to University package, visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/universities

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Travel To Tokyo aims to help children and their families get active

It’s not just elite athletes that have got their eyes on Tokyo 2020 now as we have teamed up with the British Olympic and Paralympic associations to help children and their families get active.

We've invested £2.6 million of National Lottery money, from our Families Fund, in the Travel to Tokyo project, part of the associations’ Get Set programme.

The project aims to inspire children aged 5-11 and their families to try new activities together in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by joining athletes on a virtual journey from London to Tokyo. The project, which runs until December 2020, aims to broaden families’ knowledge and understanding of recommended physical activity levels, to support them to build basic physical competence and enjoyment, and to target support to less active families from lower socio-economic groups.

All primary schools in England will be contacted about the project, giving it a potential reach of more than 300,000 children and half a million family members.

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Courses and Events

To view courses organised by Energize please look on our training courses page.