September 30, 2015

PE and sport in our academies

On 18 September key leaders from most of our academies attended a meeting to agree our trust response to the government’s consultation on ‘A new strategy for sport’. As part of our discussions we considered how we might be able to enhance the sporting provision and outcomes for pupils/students in the trust. The notes from the meeting are below.

Co-operative Academies Trust

Developing sport and PE across the Trust

The initiative is only likely to be a success if:

  • It is driven by the Trust
  • There is full support from the  Principals
  • There is a “driver” within each academy

Possible elements of the initiative

  • Obtain support and commitment from:
    • The Co-operative group
    • The Trust Board
    • Local Governing Bodies
    • The Principals/head teachers
  • Establish financial support:
    • From the Group
    • From CAT funds
    • From academy funds
    • Obtaining sponsorship
    • Employment of fund raisers
    • Available national/regional funding, e.g, DfE support for primary school finance
    • Audit of the Trust’s facilities and provision and their use
  • Raising the profile and importance of PE and sport within each academy and across the Trust through:
    • Timetable allocation
    • Resourcing
    • The Prospectus and other academy documentation
    • Open evenings
    • Marketing material, and press releases
  • Getting across to students the life-long health, fun and enjoyment value of sport and team work, and ensuring that they enjoy it while at school:
    • Through assemblies
    • Sensitive teaching
    • Support for SEND students
    • Understanding of gender related differences in attitudes towards PE
    • Addressing the issues raised for students from some cultural heritages
    • Financial support for some students with kit and the costs of some activities
    • Offering as wide a range of activities as possible
    • Meeting successful sports men and women and other role models
  • Enhancing the quality of the PE curriculum and its staffing:
    • PE seen as an important part of the curriculum, with an appropriate timetable allocation
    • Students not taken out of PE to do extra work in other subjects
    • Recognition that examination PE can be a useful contributor to Attainment 8 scores
    • Sports halls only to be used for examinations if really necessary
    • CPD for staff to cover both core and examination PE
    • PE conference for sports leaders in each academy
    • Opportunities to visit to see best practice regionally or nationally
    • Opportunities for staff to gain coaching/refereeing qualifications in specific sports
    • Opportunities for students to gain coaching/refereeing qualifications in specific sports
    • The examination curriculum covering GCSE, A-level and vocational
    • Both the core and extra-curricular curriculum offering a balance of both competitive and leisure activities and also team and individual sports
    • Within practical curriculum PE and extra-curricular activities, there is offered as wide a range of sports and activities as possible to try to capture the interest and provide opportunities for as many students as possible
    • Health related fitness is a key element of the overall PE and sport curriculum, and the area plays its full part in the overall health education provision of the academy
    • PE and sports are an important part of character building initiatives
    • Each academy systematically records the impact of its provision, and the Trust monitors the overall impact of the initiative
  • Enhancing the range of extra-curricular activities available for students:
    • Encouraging staff to get involved
    • Making it a condition of employment for some staff
    • Stressing the importance of this at interviews
    • Employing coaches
    • Mobilising voluntary support:
      • Developing links with sports clubs/teams in the community who then provide coaches/helpers
      • Making it a condition of hiring academy facilities that the organisations provide support for academy sport
      • Exploiting links with the professional teams and clubs
      • Involving parents and other family members
    • Encouraging local schools to:
      • Share facilities and opportunities
      • Take part in joint activities
      • Establish as many as possible inter-school fixtures, leagues and competitions
    • Establishing competitions, events and joint activities between the CAT academies
    • Setting up inter-form/year/house competitions
    • Making full use of opportunities at lunchtime
    • Doing everything possible to encourage students to stay on after school or participate at weekends
    • Running residentials and tours
  • CAT organised Sports recognition evening
  • All possible support for elite athletes:
    • Understanding that time out of school may be necessary
    • Pastoral support
    • Financial support
    • Helping and encouraging them to join clubs and teams outside school
  • Liaison and support between secondary and primary schools:
    • Pilot SSP type initiative between the CAT academies in Leeds
    • Primary academies seeking to make use of the facilities of local secondary schools as part of primary-secondary liaison initiatives
    • Transition information to include students’ sporting abilities and interests

 

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