Category Archives: Physical Activity

Best practice for PE Changing Rooms

The NSPCC have produced a factsheet providing guidance on best practice for PE changing rooms in primary schools.

The guidance includes:

  • what schools need to consider when organising changing facilities for children;
  • staff supervision;
  • changing areas for children with additional needs;
  • and using off-site changing rooms.

For further details click on the link: Factsheet: Best Practice for PE Changing Rooms

LG Football Challenge

The LG Football Challenge is a competition for all under 16 football teams across the UK and is being run by LG Electronics in conjunction with their sponsorship of the FA Cup.

The premise is to get more children playing football whilst adding an educational touch through writing up an imaginative match report.

All the children must do to enter is;

  • play their football match,
  • take a photo of their team after their game
  • and then individually write up a match report to send into LG with their corresponding photo (each player from the team can send in a match report).

The teams will be able to use prepaid postage labels, so it won’t cost them anything to take part. The prize is a visit from the FA Cup and a new Nike football kit for the team. The second and third placed teams will also win a Nike football kit.

 To register click on the link: LG Football Challenge

New Tool to Connect Schools and Physical Activity Providers

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been working with the County Sport Partnership Network (CSPN) to ensure every primary school in England has access to a co-ordinated offer of high-quality sport and physical activity programmes, both local and national.

As part of this work, CSPN and London Sport have created a tool to bring schools and physical activity providers together. Through an online directory schools can search, contact and review providers, making it easier to find providers that meet their needs. It can also be used to support them in using their PE and sport premium funding effectively.

The tool is currently live in London, and a national rollout is planned for 2018.
To access this tool click on the link: PE AND SCHOOL SPORT SUPPLIER SEARCH

Change4Life: Healthy Year Calendar for Schools

This colourful and engaging calendar features exciting activities from the Change4Life Healthy Year range of resources. It offers fun ideas to help you teach and inspire your class to eat well and move more. There is also a weekly joke, riddle or fun fact to help keep pupils motivated and after revealing you can save your changes so you can keep track of your progress.

Click on the link to download the calendar: Change4Life Healthy Year Calendar 


Working with Schools to Improve the Health of School-Aged Children

This report from the Local Government Association showcases the work being done by schools and local authorities across the country to improve the health of children. 

Case studies are included on:

  • tackling mental and emotional health,
  • mental health training for school staff,
  • using a school garden to encourage healthy behaviours, using experts to deliver sex education,
  • using digital technologies to engage pupils with school nursing,
  • getting kids involved in the daily mile craze
  • and using the national child measurement programme to tackle obesity.

To download the report click on the link: Working with schools to improve the health of school-aged children

PE and Sports Premium funding doubles

The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and Sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year.  Recently, they published details of individual allocation at school level and funding guidance for the scheme.

The guidance includes details of who will receive the money, the criteria for how much money schools receive, payment dates, accountability of the funding and how schools can use the Premium.

The Premium should be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer. It should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities already on offer at schools and build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining in future years.

Click here to read the guidance on using the Premium:

Case Study:

The Department for Education has published a new case study that details how a primary school in Kent successfully used their Primary PE and Sport Premium funding to up-skill staff members, develop a new PE curriculum and increase teachers’ confidence and to deliver high quality physical education lessons.

The case study focuses on St Mary’s Primary School who have focused the use of the premium on sustainability by developing the capacity and capability of existing staff to enable them to confidently deliver effective learning through the physical education programme.